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A Well-Nourished Watertown Spine Heals Better

Your health status and nutritional status mirror each other. 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). Watertown Wellness Center can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Watertown chiropractic patient during the initial clinical Watertown chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to address any nutritional concerns that are uncovered 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 Watertown post-surgical healing and decrease Watertown post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good marker of your Watertown nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status shares postsurgical outcomes and healing. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – demonstrate a malnourished state and are indicative of post-surgical recovery complication rates, particularly for patients who undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Low albumin concentrations in patients 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%). Post-surgical readmission rates can be affected by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can deal with before the surgery. (2) Watertown Wellness Center can coordinate a Watertown blood test to check your levels. Watertown Wellness Center looks at statistics like this and appreciates how important nutrition is for our Watertown chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Watertown Wellness Center is ready to help improve 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 significant 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’s not good! (3) While these stats did not place the hospital care in a good light, they did put the hospital on notice to do more to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Watertown Wellness Center looks for ways to preempt Watertown health issues by looking for them early on!

Watertown Wellness Center certainly wants to help Watertown back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Watertown Wellness Center is also effective at helping our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as needed. Watertown Wellness Center is prepared to cooperate with Watertown back pain patients who want to get into good shape and keep surgery at bay whenever possible. It is not always a simple journey to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a admirable 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 Watertown Wellness Center, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Watertown nutritional status guide.

 
 
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