Bone Health

vitamin d deficiencyFor strong vertebral bones we recommend:

  •   Regular weight bearing exercise
  •   Vitamin D level (>40 ngm/ml)
  •   Daily Calcium (1200 mg per day)
  •   DEXA scan to measure bone density
  •   Detect osteoporosis early and begin treatment

Our spine team checks for Vitamin D deficiency and supplements you as needed for spine surgery.

In addition to strong balanced muscles from your exercised based conditioning program, the health and strength of your bones is important in your recovery.

The process of making bone stronger and of keeping the bone strong includes exercise, Calcium, and preventing Vitamin D deficiency.  Your bone needs to be stimulated by exercise in order to stay as strong as possible.   As you exercise and contract muscles, you pull on the muscles attachments to the bone where they are anchored.  The bone cells respond to the muscle pull and stress by starting the process to make the bone stronger.

Stronger bone from exercise requires Calcium and Vitamin D. The Calcium is needed by bone forming cells to create and maintain strong bone. The Vitamin D is necessary to get the Calcium from your digestive tract  into the blood and then into the bone, which is one reason why it’s important to keep Vitamin D deficiency levels in check.

Your source of Vitamin D is from certain foods and from sunlight hitting your skin (without sunscreen). As a society we have low levels of Vitamin D, and an early step is to have your blood level of Vit D checked. If you have not had your Vitamin D level checked, ask your primary provider.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=vitamin-d-deficiency-united-states

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-d

Calcium Calculators:

These web sites will help you look at what you are eating and decide if you are getting enough Calcium.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calcium-food-calculator/default.htm

http://bcdairy.ca/nutritioneducation/calciumcalculator/