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). Innate Wisdom can tell a lot about the nutritional status of a New York City chiropractic patient during the initial clinical New York City chiropractic examination and establish a treatment plan to address any nutritional concerns that pop up 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 New York City post-surgical healing and reduce New York City post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good sign of your New York City nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status shares 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. Patients who have low albumin concentrations 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, 28% of patients 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 surely be addressed before a surgical intervention. (2) Innate Wisdom can help you get a New York City blood test to check your levels. Innate Wisdom considers statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our New York City chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Innate Wisdom is prepared to help raise your nutritional status for optimum 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 influential 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 may not seem good for the hospital care, they did put the hospital on notice to do more to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Innate Wisdom searches for ways to preempt New York City health issues by checking for them in advance!

Innate Wisdom looks to help New York City back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and Innate Wisdom is also good at directing our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as needed. Innate Wisdom is prepared to cooperate with New York City back pain patients who want to get into good shape and keep surgery at bay when feasible. It’s not always an easy journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a valuable 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 Innate Wisdom, your back pain specialty practice, to be your New York City nutritional status guide.

 
 
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