Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

April 11, 2017

Nutritional status marks your health status. 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). New Hampshire Spine and Sport can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Southern New Hampshire chiropractic examination and establish a treatment plan to take care of 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 facilitate Southern New Hampshire post-surgical healing and diminish Southern New Hampshire post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Southern New Hampshire nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status affects postsurgical outcomes and healing. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – demonstrate a malnourished state and are predictive of post-surgical recovery complication rates, especially 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%). 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) New Hampshire Spine and Sport can help you get a Southern New Hampshire blood test to check your levels. New Hampshire Spine and Sport considers statistics like this and sees how important nutrition is for our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready to help improve 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 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 is not very good! (3) While these stats may not seem great for the hospital care, they did alert the hospital to do more to help these patients who come in for surgical procedures with a known risk. New Hampshire Spine and Sport searches for ways to prevent Southern New Hampshire health issues by looking for them early on!

New Hampshire Spine and Sport certainly wants to help Southern New Hampshire back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and New Hampshire Spine and Sport is also effective at directing our back pain patients attain good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as needed. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready to work with Southern New Hampshire back pain patients who want to get into good shape and keep surgery at bay when possible. It’s not always an easy path to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a worthy 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.

Rely on New Hampshire Spine and Sport, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Southern New Hampshire nutritional status guide.