Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to the following New Patients!

Luljeta S Pat M.

Ryan Z. Vance W.

Nancy H. Kathy S.

Josephine W. Ken S.

Angie H. August W.

Bill S. Tim L.

Welcome Back!

Joan B. Julia W.

Thank you for your referrals!

Dottie M. Keith Z.

Ron W. x3! Betsy S.

Kelly Z. Diane L.

 

OUT OF THE OFFICE:

Dr. Borski will be out of the office Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th. Dr. Baker will be out of the office Friday, October 18th. They will be attending classes.

 

THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTS/TREATS!

Lydia W. Darlene O.

 

Happy Anniversary Betsy!!!

From elizabeth simmons,

chiropractic technician

Betsy graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies and minors in Family Studies and American Culture and Difference. Betsy has applied her communication skills and her compassion for helping people at Baker Borski Chiropractic, S.C. since the fall of 2013. She is a certified chiropractic technician for thermotherapy and cryotherapy through Northwestern Health Sciences University. She regularly attends Chiropractic Technician courses for continuing education.

The Blessings of Betsy

We have had the blessing of Betsy working for us for 6 years now. She is steady, reliable, compassionate, loyal, diligent, self reliant, self motivated, thorough, extremely competent and a wonderful editor (so if there is an error here it’s because she didn’t get to edit this part of the newsletter!). She and Mai are a wonderful team and Dr. Borski and Dr. Baker both try daily to live up to the caliber of staff we have. Every day we all get Betsy’s best, her committment and dedication to provide the very best care and service to all of you. Please join us in wishing her Happy Anniversary – you are such a blessing to all of us!

 

condition of the month

Sciatica

 

betsy s.

Sciatica describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body; running from the lower back, down through the buttock and down the back of each leg. It controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and the soles of the feet.

Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is actually a set of symptoms, not a diagnosis for what is irritating the nerve root and causing the pain.

Sciatica occurs frequently in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. Most often, it tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine, not as a direct result of injury. Pain from sciatica often begins slowly and gradually intensifies over time. In addition, the pain can worsen after prolonged sitting, sneezing, coughing, bending or other sudden movements.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom associated with sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve (low back, down one leg). However, symptoms can vary widely depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected. Some may experience a mild tingling, dull ache or even a burning sensation typically on one side of the body. Some also report a pins and needles sensation (most often in the toes or foot) and/or numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Your Doctor of Chiropractic will begin by taking a complete patient history. You’ll be asked to describe your pain and to explain when the pain began and what activities lessen or intensify the pain. Forming a diagnosis will also require a physical and neurological examination in which the doctor will pay special attention to your spine and legs. You may be asked to perform some basic activities that will test your sensory and muscle strength as well as your reflex.

What are my treatment options?

For most people, sciatic pain responds very well to conservative care, including chiropractic. Keeping in mind that sciatica is a symptom and not a stand-alone medical condition, treatment plans will often vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem.

Chiropractic offers a non-invasive drug free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby, improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, a chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including, but not limited to; spinal adjustments, ice or heat therapy, cold laser and/or exercises.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, consider these suggestions to help protect your back and improve your spinal health:

  • Maintain a healthy diet

  • Exercise regularly

  • Maintain proper posture

  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest

  • If you smoke, seek help to quit

  • Use good body mechanics when lifting objects

The More You Know…….

Vitamin D Deficiency

The Well Aligned Team

Vitalleo, LLC

Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout your body. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish, though, it’s difficult to get enough from diet alone.

Here are common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

Cholesterol inhibiting medications.

Always using sunscreen when going out.

Staying indoors.

Living in a highly polluted area.

Poor Gut Health.

Poor Kidney and Liver Health.

Pregnancy or Breast feeding.

Elderly.

Overweight.

Vitamin D deficiency is very common. It’s estimated that about one (1) billion people worldwide have low levels of the vitamin in their blood. Fortunately, a vitamin D deficiency is usually easy to fix, but it can be more difficult if you have certain genetic markers. Fixing your deficiency can have big benefits for your overall health. Some symptoms of a deficit in vitamin D include changes in mood, such as anxiety or depression, decreased endurance, infertility, poor insulin production, poor immune function, infections, poor wound healing, chronic disease cancer, thinning or brittle bones, osteoporosis, frequent bone fractures, muscle weakness, chronic pain, high or rising blood pressure, exhaustion, and hair loss.