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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). McMurray Chiropractic Solutions can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a San Jose chiropractic patient during the first clinical San Jose chiropractic examination and establish a treatment plan to address any nutritional concerns that pop up 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 help San Jose post-surgical healing and decrease San Jose post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good indicator of your San Jose nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status affects postsurgical healing and outcomes. 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%). Post-surgical readmission rates can be influenced by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can deal with before the surgery. (2) McMurray Chiropractic Solutions can help you get a San Jose blood test to check your levels. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions considers statistics like this and appreciates how important nutrition is for our San Jose chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions 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 influential 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 is not very good! (3) While these stats didn’t put the hospital care in a good light, they did alert the hospital to be more cognizant and ready to help these patients who come in for surgical procedures with a known risk. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions searches for ways to preempt San Jose health issues by checking for them in advance!

McMurray Chiropractic Solutions certainly wants to help San Jose back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is also effective at assisting our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as required. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is poised to work with San Jose back pain patients who intend to get themselves into better shape and keep surgery at bay whenever possible. It’s not always an easy journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s 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 chosen.

Rely on McMurray Chiropractic Solutions, your back pain specialty practice, to be your San Jose nutritional status guide.

 
 
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