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Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from vitamin D supplements

Patients in West Virginia and other states who have suffered injuries to their spinal cords may find that their vitamin D levels are insufficient. However, researchers recently stated that vitamin D supplements can help to improve their depression symptoms. Supplements might also help to improve fatigue in spinal cord injury patients.

Recent research additionally showed that scores indicating pain severity were much better with high-dose vitamin D supplements compared with low-dose ones. Investigators found that supplements did not improve muscle strength, however. Nonetheless, the research reveals the need to screen every person with spinal cord injuries to see how much vitamin D they have.

Right now, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D for adults is 600-800 IU. However, higher doses in people with spinal cord injuries appear to be much more effective, leading to more robust responses. Considering that spinal cord injury patients are at least four times more likely to suffer from insufficient vitamin D levels compared to able-bodied individuals, more research in the future may focus on supplementation.

Sometimes spinal cord injury happens because of the carelessness of another driver on the road or due to the negligence of a property owner, for example. However, the injury victim retains the right to take legal action by filing a personal injury claim against the reportedly at-fault party. In a successfully fought suit in West Virginia, a damage award may help to pay for hospital costs, the loss of wages and other expenses linked to this type of injury.

Source: medscape.com, "Vitamin D Eases Depression, Fatigue in Spinal Cord Patients", Maureen Salamon, Oct. 26, 2016

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