Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

April 11, 2017

Nutritional status denotes your health status. 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). Johnson Chiropractic can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Richmond chiropractic patient during the first clinical Richmond chiropractic examination and establish 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 assist Richmond post-surgical healing and reduce Richmond post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good marker of your Richmond nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers discuss how nutritional status shares 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, especially 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, 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 affected by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can address before the surgery. (2) Johnson Chiropractic can help you get a Richmond blood test to check your levels. Johnson Chiropractic considers statistics like this and appreciates how important nutrition is for our Richmond chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Johnson Chiropractic is prepared to help maximize 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 significant roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who had nutritional risk got nutritional support while staying in 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 be more aware and ready to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Johnson Chiropractic searches for ways to prevent Richmond health issues by looking for them early on!

Johnson Chiropractic certainly wants to help Richmond back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and Johnson Chiropractic is also effective at assisting our back pain patients attain good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as needed. Johnson Chiropractic is poised to work with Richmond back pain patients who want to get into good shape and keep surgery at bay whenever 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 Johnson Chiropractic, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Richmond nutritional status guide.