Impact of Vitamin D repletion on treatment of chronic lower back pain

  • Dildar Khan Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Indus Medical College, T.M.K
  • Muhammad Muneeb Department of Medical Education, Indus Medical College, T.M.K
  • Hameed Ullah Khan Department of Neurosurgery, Indus Medical College, T.M.K
  • Aatir H. Rajput Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro
  • Abid Ali Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro
  • Zaheer Hussain Memon Department of Medicine, Indus Medical College, T.M.K
Keywords: Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D Repletion & Biochemical Marker.


Background: Chronic lower back pain is precisely a distressing condition not only because of associated physical debilitation but the psychological hassle as well. Along with various etiological factors, low vitamin D levels in the body is also a significant cause of this ailment. This study focuses on monitoring the effect of Vitamin D repletion on intensity of chronic (non-traumatic) lower back pain.

Methodology: This longitudinal-prospective analysis was conducted upon a sample of 374 lower back pain patients presenting with vitamin D deficiency from February to October 2018. Inquiries were made regarding basic socio-demographics, history of chronic lower back pain, dietary and medicinal supplement usage, hours of sun exposure and pain levels, assessed using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). The vitamin D levels and the VAS pain score were assessed upon baseline visit to the orthopedic out-patient department and followed up after 2 months (1st follow up visit) and 6 months (2nd follow up visit). Data obtained was analyzed using SPSS version 21.0 and Microsoft Excel 2013.

Results: Among the 374 respondents, 52.67% were males while 47.33% were females with the mean age of 47.5 years. The mean baseline (pre-intervention) vitamin D levels were found to be 10.3 ng/ml, which raised significantly to 34.3 ng/ml. The mean (pre-intervention) VAS score dropped significantly, from 81.9 at baseline visit to 31.4 at 2nd follow up visit.

Conclusion: It is concluded that vitamin D repletion has a marked impact on reducing the intensity of chronic lower back pain. Future studies may confirm further to validate the findings of this research.


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How to Cite
Khan, D., Muneeb, M., Khan, H. U., Rajput, A. H., Ali, A., & Memon, Z. H. (2019). Impact of Vitamin D repletion on treatment of chronic lower back pain. International Journal of Endorsing Health Science Research (IJEHSR), 7(2), 61-66.