Some experts suggest injection of Vitamin D can be beneficial for some people living with arthritis. Research so far shows that vitamin D may play an important role in the health of the joints and having low levels can increase the risk of developing a rheumatic condition. Many studies show low blood vitamin D levels in osteoarthritis patients (both hip and knee).
One large-scale study looked at over 2000 people. Researchers found a strong connection between vitamin D deficiency and “disabling symptoms” experienced by people with rheumatoid arthritis. Reasons for this can include people with arthritis struggling to get as much sun exposure as the average person, but the study took this into account, and still found the the link between the deficiency and pain.
Oral Corticosteroids and Vitamin D
Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, NY shows that people who take oral corticosteroids for arthritis have double the risk of a vitamin D deficiency. If you take this medication for your condition, then it is worth looking at your vitamin D levels. The research only looked at oral corticosteroids, but it is still worth considering regardless of the type of steroids in your treatment plan.
Boosting your Vitamin D
If injections of Vitamin D are not an option here are some other ways you can increase your intake:
- Sun Exposure: try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight outdoors 10 to 15 minutes at least every other day. The darker your skin, the longer you should try and spend in the sun as it takes longer to absorb Vitamin D.
- Eat more fish: wild salmon and mackerel in particular are a great source of Vitamin D.
- Cod Liver Oil: if you don’t enjoy eating fish you can get the same goodness in supplement form. Cod liver oil contains lots of vitamin D.
Injections of Vitamin D for Arthritis
Injection of vitamin D are not a common treatment. The research is still ongoing to determine the full benefits.