Vitamin D, Back Pain & Depression

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Vitamin D, Back Pain & Depression

This is Joe Tatta, Physical Therapist., helping you to move towards better health.

Today, I’m coming at you from Hudson River Park in New York City. The sun is shining and I’m out here today because I want to talk to you about the one vitamin that’s difficult for us to get from our food. That vitamin is Vitamin D. We get Vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin and gets converted. Vitamin D acts like a hormone. Vitamin D is responsible for regulating the calcium and phosphorus in your bloodstream and getting it into your bones.

In 2003, there was a study done in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology that found upward of 60% of those with chronic back pain had a vitamin D deficiency. It is a link that you will want to explore if you have chronic pain of any sort.

A lot of people who have chronic pain also suffer from depression or a mood disorder. There have been multiple statistics that show when people replenish their vitamin D deficiency, not only do their moods change, but their pain also goes away.

If you are concerned about your vitamin D levels, the next time you go see your physician, all you have to do is ask them to run a 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D3 test. The acceptable result number should be anywhere between 50 and 75.

To your health,
Joe Tatta, PC, OCS, CHT