Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

Your health status and nutritional status mirror each other. Factors like serum levels, weight and other issues rate nutritional status. 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). Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Baton Rouge chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Baton Rouge chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to deal with 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 facilitate Baton Rouge post-surgical healing and diminish Baton Rouge post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good marker of your Baton Rouge nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers discuss how nutritional status affects postsurgical healing and outcomes. 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation can coordinate a Baton Rouge blood test to check your levels. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation considers statistics like this and appreciates how important nutrition is for our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is ready to help raise your nutritional status for optimal healing preoperatively, postoperatively and back surgery-preventatively!

Lastly, the nutritional status of spine surgery patients at an orthopedic hospital was gathered using the Nutritional Risk Score 2002 at admission and discharge. Their 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 were nutritionally at-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 didn’t put the hospital care in a good light, they did put the hospital on notice to do more to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation looks for ways to address Baton Rouge health issues by checking for them in advance!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation looks to help Baton Rouge back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is also good at helping our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as required. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is ready to cooperate with Baton Rouge back pain patients who want to get into good shape and keep surgery at bay when possible. It is not always a simple path to a healthy nutritional status, but it is 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 used.

Count on Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Baton Rouge nutritional status guide.

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