The Pflugerville Neck Pain, Radiculopathy Arm Pain, & B12 Deficiency Connection

In the realm of health and wellness, understanding the underlying causes of common complaints, such as neck pain, often go beyond the surface. Manytimes, the root issues may derive from nutritional deficiencies rather than just physical damage or injury. This brings us to an interesting and less-discussed topic in the Pflugerville chiropractic community: the effect of a deficiency of vitamin B12 on neck pain and radiculopathy.

THE HIDDEN CULPRIT: B12 DEFICIENCY

Vitamin B12, an essential nutrient found in meat, fish, and dairy products, plays a critical role in our body. It impacts the production of DNA, nerves, and blood cells. Its deficiency, however, can manifest in numerous ways, often misleading, as was well shown in a recent case reported by Mehta A, Lynch W, Jha P. (2024). This particular case revolves around a patient who came in with neck pain and cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy is a spinal pain condition where nerve roots coming from the spinal cord become irritated or inflamed, causing symptoms like pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck and arms. Through a thorough examination similar to one we do here at Pflugerville Wellness Center, it was unexpectedly found that the root cause of the patient's symptoms was a severe deficiency in Vitamin B12. This finding is quite notable as it demonstrates the importance of our Pflugerville chiropractic treatment plan which considers nutritional deficiencies as possible culprits for neuromusculoskeletal complaints. (1) For this case’s patient and those who come to Pflugerville Wellness Center for holistic care, the proper diagnosis leads to the appropriate chiropractic care (often a blend of Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, exercise, and nutrition) that leads to pain relief.

THE BROADER IMPLICATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC PATIENTS

What this shows us is that for anyone dealing with persistent neck pain, radiculopathy, or similar neuromusculoskeletal issues, considering a check on Vitamin B12 levels could be important. The symptoms of B12 deficiency, including fatigue, weakness, numbness, or tingling, can overlap with those associated with 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, considering 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 screen for B12 levels can prevent potential complications.
  • Consultation: For chiropractic patients with chronic neck pain without a clear diagnosis, discussing the possibility of a B12 deficiency with your chiropractor or healthcare provider can offer 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 Pflugerville chiropractic appointment now. We are ready to not only find the root cause 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 really interconnected and recover via a broader, more cohesive approach to health and wellness like you’ll receive at Pflugerville Wellness Center. See you soon!

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