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A Well-Nourished Preston Spine Heals Better

Nutritional status indicates your health status. Nutritional status is measured by many 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). Chiropractic Associates can discover much about the nutritional status of a Preston chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Preston chiropractic examination and establish a treatment plan to deal with any nutritional concerns that pop up particularly in patients who may be at risk for a back surgery or any other surgical intervention for that matter. A good pre-surgical nutritional status will facilitate Preston post-surgical healing and lessen Preston post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good sign of your Preston 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 – demonstrate a malnourished state and are predictive of post-surgical recovery complication rates, particularly for patients who experience 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%). Pre-operative nutritional status is an independent risk factor for re-admission after spine surgery that can certainly be remedied before a surgical intervention. (2) Chiropractic Associates can coordinate a Preston blood test to check your levels. Chiropractic Associates looks at statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Preston chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Chiropractic Associates is ready 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 influential roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who had nutritional 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 may not seem good for the hospital care, they did alert the hospital to be more aware and ready to help these patients who come in for surgical procedures with a known risk. Chiropractic Associates searches for ways to prevent Preston health issues by looking for them in advance!

Chiropractic Associates looks to help Preston back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Chiropractic Associates is also effective at helping our back pain patients attain good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as needed. Chiropractic Associates is prepared to cooperate with Preston back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when possible. It is not always a simple journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it is a worthy one for your physical body’s health and potential healing if surgery is called for as well as when a non-surgical healing approach is used.

Count on Chiropractic Associates, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Preston nutritional status guide.

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