Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

Nutritional status denotes your health status. Factors like serum levels, weight and other issues determine nutritional status. 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). Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology can tell a lot about the nutritional status of a Plymouth chiropractic patient during the first clinical Plymouth chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to take care of any nutritional concerns that are uncovered especially 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 assist Plymouth post-surgical healing and reduce Plymouth post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Plymouth nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status influences postsurgical outcomes and healing. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – indicate a malnourished state and are predictive 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%). Post-surgical readmission rates can be influenced by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can deal with before the surgery. (2) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology can help you get a Plymouth blood test to check your levels. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology considers statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Plymouth chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is prepared to help raise 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 were nutritionally at-risk got 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’s not good! (3) While these stats didn’t put the hospital care in a good light, they did alert the hospital to do more to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology searches for ways to address Plymouth health issues by looking for them early on!

Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology looks to help Plymouth back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is also effective at assisting our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as required. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is prepared to work with Plymouth back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when feasible. It is not always an easy journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a admirable 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.

Count on Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Plymouth nutritional status guide.

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