The Severna Park Neck Pain, Radiculopathy Arm Pain, & B12 Deficiency Connection

In the realm of health and wellness, understanding the triggering causes of common complaints, such as neck pain, goes beyond the surface. Manytimes, the root issues may come from nutritional deficiencies rather than just physical strain or injury. This brings us to an interesting and less-discussed topic in the Severna Park chiropractic community: the effect of Vitamin B12 deficiency on neck pain and radiculopathy.

THE HIDDEN CULPRIT: B12 DEFICIENCY

Vitamin B12, an essential nutrient found in meat, fish, and dairy products, has a critical role in our body. It contributes to the production of DNA, nerves, and blood cells. Its deficiency, however, can show up in a variety of ways, often misleading, as was vividly illustrated in a recent case reported by Mehta A, Lynch W, Jha P. (2024). This particular case revolves around a patient who presented with neck pain and cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy is a spinal pain condition where nerve roots coming from the spinal cord become aggravated or inflamed, resulting in symptoms like pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck and arms. Through a thorough examination similar to one we perform here at Back And Neck Care Center, it was surprisingly discovered that the root cause of the patient's symptoms was a severe deficiency in Vitamin B12. This finding is significant as it demonstrates the importance of our Severna Park chiropractic treatment plan which bears in mind nutritional deficiencies as possible contributors to neuromusculoskeletal complaints. (1) For this case’s patient and those who come to Back And Neck Care Center for holistic care, the appropriate diagnosis leads to the proper chiropractic care (often a combination of Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, exercise, and nutrition) that leads to pain relief.

THE BROADER IMPLICATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC PATIENTS

What this tells us is that for anyone suffering from persistent neck pain, radiculopathy, or similar neuromusculoskeletal issues, considering a check on Vitamin B12 levels could be quite revealing. The symptoms of B12 deficiency, including fatigue, weakness, numbness, or tingling, can overlap with those related to neck issues, making it an easily unnoticed but critical area to investigate. Your chiropractor can sort this out!

HOW TO ADDRESS AND PREVENT B12 DEFICIENCY

  • Dietary Choices: Make sure your diet includes adequate amounts of Vitamin B12. For those on a vegan or vegetarian diet, incorporating fortified foods or supplements can be beneficial.
  • Regular Screening: Especially for individuals at risk (e.g., older adults, vegetarians, and those with gastrointestinal disorders), regular blood tests to check B12 levels can avert potential complications.
  • Consultation: For chiropractic patients experiencing chronic neck pain without a clear diagnosis, discussing the possibility of a B12 deficiency with your chiropractor or healthcare provider can provide new possibilities for relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Umar Ellahie, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Severna Park chiropractic appointment today. We’re ready to not only discover the root source of your neck pain and arm pain but also design a plan toward pain relief with gentle chiropractic treatment and nutrition as your condition may require. The body’s systems are truly interconnected and do well with a broader, more cohesive approach to health and wellness like you’ll receive at Back And Neck Care Center. See you soon!

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