Is Winter Causing Your Back Pain?

Dark, chilly days may be the culprit for an ailment besides seasonal affective disorder: back pain. Since the winter sun is too far for UVB rays to significantly reach most of the Northern Hemisphere, we don't end up making enough vitamin D, which helps maintain strong bones for healthy backs. Stewart B. Leavitt, Ph.D., executive director of Pain Treatment Topics, reports that back-pain sufferers given 2000 IU of vitamin D3 supplements—double the typical RDA—may feel relief after three months. Intrigued? Check out the patient brochure on pain-topics.org and consult with your doctor (though we personally prefer frequent winter pilgrimages to the Caribbean).

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Health & Fitness
Share
Are You Losing Too Much Hair in the Shower? A Quiz
Health & Fitness
Share
The Comprehensive History of Summer Olympics Fashion
Health & Fitness
Share
10 Things You Didn't Know About Detoxing
Health & Fitness
Share
The Weirdest Diet Tricks Celebrities Swear By
Health & Fitness
Share
5 Apps Every Super Healthy Woman Uses
Health & Fitness
Share
Olympian McKayla Maroney Addresses Those Lip Injection Rumors
Health & Fitness
Share
How Much Do You Have to Think About Eating for It to Become a Disorder?
Health & Fitness
Share
Adventures of an Adult Thumb-Sucker
Marie Claire + Lenny
Health & Fitness
Share
6 Influential Women on Why We Need Worldwide Contraceptive Access Now
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
The Strange Connection Between Smoking Weed and Alzheimer's