Vitamin D may be a safe and effective treatment for back pain

Worldwide, back pain is the greatest cause of disability, with few treatment options.

In this study, 54 overweight or obese adult men and women who were deficient in vitamin D—with levels no higher than 50 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) of blood— took a placebo or a single 100,000 IU dose of vitamin D followed by 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day.

After 16 weeks, vitamin D levels had increased 15 times in the vitamin D group compared to placebo. In those with the lowest vitamin D levels, below 30 nmol/L or 12 nanograms per milliliter of blood, those taking vitamin D reported significantly less back pain disability compared to placebo. Doctors said vitamin D may be a safe, effective, affordable treatment for back pain worldwide. 

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