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A Well-Nourished Colorado Springs Spine Heals Better

Nutritional status indicates your health status. 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). The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR can deduce lots about the nutritional status of a Colorado Springs chiropractic patient during the first clinical Colorado Springs chiropractic examination and establish a treatment plan to address 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 assist Colorado Springs post-surgical healing and diminish Colorado Springs post-back surgical problems.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your Colorado Springs nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about 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, especially for patients who experience 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 certainly be remedied before a surgical intervention. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR can coordinate a Colorado Springs blood test to check your levels. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR looks at statistics like this and understands how important nutrition is for our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is ready to help maximize your nutritional status for optimal 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 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 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. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR searches for ways to prevent Colorado Springs health issues by looking for them in advance!

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR looks to help Colorado Springs back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is also good at assisting our back pain patients attain good nutritional and physical shape before and after surgery as required. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is poised to work with Colorado Springs back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when possible. It is not always an easy 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 The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR, your back pain specialty practice, to be your Colorado Springs nutritional status guide.

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