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 Hussian Memon Department of Medicine, Indus Medical College, T.M.K



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.




How to Cite

Khan, D., Muhammad Muneeb, 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, 7(2), 61–66.

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