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Nutritional Status Affects Spine Healing

Nutritional status denotes 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). Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic can tell a lot about the nutritional status of a Montreal chiropractic patient during the first clinical Montreal chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to take care of 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 facilitate Montreal post-surgical healing and reduce Montreal post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One test that is a good marker of your Montreal nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status influences 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 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, 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 influenced by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can deal with before the surgery. (2) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic can help you get a Montreal blood test to check your levels. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic considers statistics like this and sees how important nutrition is for our Montreal chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is prepared 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 significant roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who were nutritionally at-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 is not very good! (3) While these stats didn’t place the hospital care in a good light, they did alert the hospital to do more to help these patients who present with a known risk before surgery. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic looks for ways to address Montreal health issues by checking for them in advance!

Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic looks to help Montreal back pain patients avoid back surgery if possible, and Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is also effective at directing our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as needed. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is prepared to work with Montreal back pain patients who intend to get themselves into better shape and keep surgery at bay when feasible. It is not always an easy 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.

Count on Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Montreal nutritional status guide.

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