Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

Your health status and nutritional status mirror each other. Nutritional status is measured by a mix of factors: serum levels, weight, and other issues. ABCD are factors considered – Anthropomorphic status (weight/body), Biochemical (blood tests), Clinical (how well the body functions work as checked by a physician) and Dietary (what you eat). Back And Neck Care Center can discover much about the nutritional status of a Severna Park chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Severna Park chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to address any nutritional concerns that pop up particularly in patients who may be susceptible to a back surgery or any other surgical intervention for that matter. A good pre-surgical nutritional status will facilitate Severna Park post-surgical healing and decrease Severna Park post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good sign of your Severna Park nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status shares postsurgical outcomes and healing. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – mark a malnourished state and are indicative of post-surgical recovery complication rates, particularly for patients who experience anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Low albumin concentrations in patients before surgery had higher rates of experiencing any major postoperative complication(s) like pulmonary, cardiac and reoperation as well as longer stays in the hospital. (1) In one study, malnourished patients accounted for 28% were found to be malnourished and more likely to have a postoperative complication and a longer hospital stay (8.67 days instead of 3.8 days). 14.48% of these spine surgery patients were re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Malnourished patients’ re-admission rate (27.5%) was three times that of nourished patients (9.52%). Pre-operative nutritional status is an independent risk factor for re-admission after spine surgery that can certainly be remedied before a surgical intervention. (2) Back And Neck Care Center can coordinate a Severna Park blood test to check your levels. Back And Neck Care Center considers statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Severna Park chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Back And Neck Care Center is prepared to help improve your nutritional status for optimal healing preoperatively, postoperatively and back surgery-preventatively!

Lastly, in a study of spine surgery patients in an orthopedic hospital, nutritional status was obtained when they were admitted and discharged via the Nutritional Risk Score 2002. It was found that nutritional status – nutritional risk, malnutrition, overweight and obesity – and nutritional support at the hospital after surgery play influential roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who had nutritional risk received nutritional support while admitted to the hospital. These nutritional status factors changed: nutritional risk increased from 11.6% to 19.4%; malnutrition status increased from 12.7% to 20.6%; overweight status decreased from 35.9% to 31.0%; and obesity status reduced from 7.41% to 5.79%. Bottomline: the incidence of nutritional risk and malnutrition increased significantly. That is not very good! (3) While these stats did not place the hospital care in a good light, they did alert the hospital to be more cognizant and ready to help these patients who come in for surgical procedures with a known risk. Back And Neck Care Center looks for ways to prevent Severna Park health issues by checking for them in advance!

Back And Neck Care Center certainly wants to help Severna Park back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and Back And Neck Care Center is also effective at assisting our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as required. Back And Neck Care Center is prepared to cooperate with Severna Park back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when possible. It’s not always an easy journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a worthy one for your physical body’s health and future healing if surgery is called for as well as when a non-surgical healing approach is chosen.

Rely on Back And Neck Care Center, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Severna Park nutritional status guide.

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