Our skeletons help to give us the support we need to be able to stand and move around. Without them, we would simply slump to the ground under the force of gravity. In addition, our skeletal structure also helps protect delicate organs and soft tissues against damage from impacts.
Our skeletons need the right nutrients which include vitamin D and calcium. If there is not a sufficient supply of these then the skeleton may not be able to grow as it should. One such condition, caused mostly by a lack of vitamin D, is rickets. It causes the bones to be softer than usual and also causes the skeleton to become deformed. Although easily treated, deformities caused by it are permanent and may require extensive surgery to correct.
Rickets Symptom #1: Muscle Cramps
Overuse your muscles and you are likely to know about it. Tired or overworked muscles can cramp up, potentially causing us significant discomfort. It is fairly common among athletes that are not in peak condition. Muscle cramps can also be caused by other factors such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
With the skeleton not in a natural shape, some muscles can be placed under unnecessary pressure, causing cramps to arise. What’s more is that the vitamin and mineral deficiencies causing rickets can also cause the patient to experience cramps. If you are experiencing cramps regularly for no apparent reason then you should arrange to speak with a doctor.