Saudi Arabia Chronic Low Back Pain and Vitamin D Deficiency

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Saudi Arabia Chronic Low Back Pain and Vitamin D Deficiency
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Study Design. Vitamin D Deficiency and Chronic Low Back Pain in Saudi Arabia. Initial assessment involved 360 patients (90% women and 10% men) attending spinal and internal medicine clinics over a 6-year period who had experi- enced low back pain that had no obvious cause for more than 6 months. The patients ranged in age from 15 to 52 years. Objectives. To investigate the contribution of vitamin D deficiency as a cause for idiopathic chronic low back pain, to find a simple and sensitive test for screening patients with low back pain for vitamin D deficiency, and to determine the correlation between the vitamin deficiency and pain

Vitamin D Deficiency and Chronic Low Back Pain in Saudi Arabia
Saud Al Faraj, MD*, and Khalaf Al Mutairi, MD
is expected to be a major problem in such a community, especially for women during their years of reproduction.3,5,10 The clinical manifestation of vitamin D deficiency is protean, and lower back pain alone is a well-recognized presentation of the disease.3­5 This study was conducted to assess the contribution of vitamin D deficiency to lower back pain, a major symptom in the presentation of patients. Methods
Patients seen initially were assessed clinically for pain and the presence or absence of neurologic manifestation using plain radiograph of the lumbosacral spine, complete bl



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