Impact of Vitamin D deficiency on Rehabilitation OutcomeWee TC, Galinato P, Lolong L and Pande SD*
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Changi General Hospital, Singapore
- *Corresponding Author:
- Pande SD
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Changi General Hospital, Singapore
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 29, 2016; Accepted Date: September 23, 2016; Published Date: September 29, 2016
Citation: Wee TC, Galinato P, Lolong L, Pande SD (2016) Impact of Vitamin D deficiency on Rehabilitation Outcome. J Diabetes Metab 7:704. doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000704
Copyright: © 2016 Wee TC et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Vitamin D deficiency, which can result from inadequate sun exposure, dietary intake, or problems with absorption, is rarely documented in the rehabilitation literature. Most likely, it is rarely thought of by the rehabilitation profession. This is problematic because vitamin D deficiency can present as musculoskeletal pain, which is commonly seen in both outpatient clinics and inpatient rehabilitation units. The populations with the greatest risk include the homebound elderly, people with pigmented skin, people with cultural and social avoidance of the sun, people who live in wintertime in climates above and below latitudes of 35 degrees, and people with gastrointestinal absorption. Vitamin D deficiency should be included in the differential diagnosis in the evaluation of musculoskeletal pain complaints in the rehabilitation setting, and treatment of any identified deficiency should be considered a potentially important component of the treatment regimen.