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A Well-Nourished Baton Rouge Spine Heals Better

April 11, 2017

Nutritional status marks your health status. Factors like serum levels, weight and other issues determine nutritional status. 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). Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers can tell a lot about the nutritional status of a Baton Rouge chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Baton Rouge chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to take care of any nutritional concerns that are uncovered 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 help Baton Rouge post-surgical healing and diminish Baton Rouge post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Baton Rouge nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers discuss how nutritional status affects postsurgical outcomes and healing. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – mark a malnourished state and are predictive of post-surgical recovery complication rates, particularly for patients who undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Patients who have low albumin concentrations before surgery had higher rates of having 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%). Pre-operative nutritional status is an independent risk factor for re-admission after spine surgery that can surely be remedied before a surgical intervention. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers can coordinate a Baton Rouge blood test to check your levels. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers considers statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is ready to help maximize your nutritional status for best 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 great for the hospital care, they did put the hospital on notice to be more cognizant and ready to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers looks for ways to preempt Baton Rouge health issues by checking for them in advance!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers looks to help Baton Rouge back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is also effective at directing our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as needed. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is prepared to work with Baton Rouge back pain patients who intend to get themselves into better shape and keep surgery at bay when feasible. It is not always a simple journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it is 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 used.

Rely on Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Baton Rouge nutritional status guide.