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Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

April 11, 2017

Your health status and nutritional status mirror each other. Factors like serum levels, weight and other issues determine 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). Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Augusta chiropractic patient during the first clinical Augusta chiropractic examination and set up 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 Augusta post-surgical healing and reduce Augusta post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Augusta nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers discuss 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. Patients with 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%). Post-surgical readmission rates can be influenced by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can address before the surgery. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic can help you get a Augusta blood test to check your levels. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic considers statistics like this and sees how important nutrition is for our Augusta chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help maximize your nutritional status for optimum 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 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 did not 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. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic searches for ways to prevent Augusta health issues by checking for them in advance!

Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic looks to help Augusta back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is also good at directing our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as required. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is poised to work with Augusta back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay whenever feasible. It is 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 Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Augusta nutritional status guide.