Vitamins and Back Pain

Got Back Pain? Vitamins might Help

Have you ever stayed home from work because of a bad back, cancelled your morning workout or stayed in from a night out? You’re not alone. Back pain is not only common but one of the main reasons Americans visit their doctor and lose productivity from lost days at work.

Back pain is often caused by an injury to the spine – either the vertebra (or bones) or more commonly to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that hold them together – the quality of which is dependent on collagen. Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids which requires Vitamin C to strengthen the connections by linking the collagen fibers together.

It’s not surprising then that a recent study of nearly 5000 people found that low back pain and neck pain was associated with low vitamin C levels. The likelihood that the individual suffered from back or neck pain was linked to the degree of deficiency so that the lower the vitamin C levels the higher the likelihood for back and neck pain. This study does not prove but suggests that low vitamin C levels may be a risk factor for back pain.

Another known risk factor is physical inactivity and excess weight. Weight loss, as little as 5-10 percent, has been shown to reduce pain and improve function.

** Back pain can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Always consult your physician for symptoms that are new or recurring.

 

Wishing you Health,

Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD FACP

 

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