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 taken into account – Anthropomorphic status (weight/body), Biochemical (blood tests), Clinical (how well the body functions work as checked by a physician) and Dietary (what you eat). Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can discover much about the nutritional status of a Eugene chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Eugene chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to take care of any nutritional concerns that are uncovered 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 assist Eugene post-surgical healing and lessen Eugene post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Eugene nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers discuss how nutritional status influences postsurgical healing and outcomes. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – demonstrate a malnourished state and are indicative of post-surgical recovery complication rates, particularly for patients who undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Low albumin concentrations in patients before surgery had higher rates of having 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can coordinate a Eugene blood test to check your levels. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic looks at statistics like this and appreciates how important nutrition is for our Eugene chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help raise your nutritional status for best 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 significant 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’s not good! (3) While these stats did not place the hospital care in a good light, they did alert the hospital to be more aware and ready to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic searches for ways to prevent Eugene health issues by looking for them in advance!

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic certainly wants to help Eugene back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is also effective at assisting our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as needed. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready to work with Eugene back pain patients who intend to get themselves into better shape and keep surgery at bay whenever possible. It’s 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 Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Eugene nutritional status guide.

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