A Well-Nourished Oxford 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). Satterwhite Chiropractic can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Oxford chiropractic patient during the first clinical Oxford chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to deal with 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 Oxford post-surgical healing and reduce Oxford post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good marker of your Oxford 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 – indicate a malnourished state and are predictive of post-surgical recovery complication rates, especially for patients who undergo 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 certainly be remedied before a surgical intervention. (2) Satterwhite Chiropractic can coordinate a Oxford blood test to check your levels. Satterwhite Chiropractic looks at statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Oxford chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Satterwhite Chiropractic is ready to help improve 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 significant roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who had nutritional risk received 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 didn’t put the hospital care in a good light, 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. Satterwhite Chiropractic searches for ways to preempt Oxford health issues by checking for them early on!

Satterwhite Chiropractic looks to help Oxford back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Satterwhite Chiropractic is also good at assisting our back pain patients attain good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as required. Satterwhite Chiropractic is prepared to work with Oxford back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when feasible. It’s not always an easy path 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 chosen.

Rely on Satterwhite Chiropractic, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Oxford nutritional status guide.

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