Lexington Clinic puts patient care first, and "Ask the Physician” is just another tool we use to help us care for you!
Below you will find posts on various questions our patients may have, along with answers from one of our highly-qualified Lexington Clinic physicians. We hope you find this resource helpful, and if you have a health-related question for one of our physicians, just let us know, and we will try to get that answered. Just send an email to email@example.com.
When are children too sick for school?
with Agata M. Toborek, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrician
My child doesn’t feel well today. When are they too sick to go to school?
Sometimes it is tough to decide whether your child needs to stay home and rest or when they should press on and go to school.
How can I best manage my joint pain during the winter months?
with Dr. Trevor W. Wilkes Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon
Winter has arrived, and with it comes a drop in outside temperature! For some people, this drop in temperature affects them more than just a chill. The drop in temperature can cause swelling in the body’s already inflamed joints and this swelling causes increased joint pain.
How can I protect my stomach during the holiday festivities?
with Dr. Scott A. Merkley Lexington Clinic Gastroenterologist
During the holiday season, many people will over-indulge on available treats. This can lead to several gastrointestinal issues - not to mention unwanted weight gain. However there are some tips to help keep you healthy while still enjoying your favorite holiday snacks.
In 2016, approximately 225 thousand new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed. In Kentucky alone, lung cancer kills more people than the next eight most common cancers combined. It has become not only the most common, but also one of the most deadly, cancers in our society. And the state of Kentucky has the highest rates in our nation.
Each year, flu vaccines are recommended for all patients by physicians,
pharmacists, providers and nurses everywhere. While a flu vaccine does
not guarantee a patient protection against the flu (studies have shown
they are 50-60% effective among the general population), they still
offer many benefits that help patients stay healthy during flu season.
What are common breast cancer myths, and what is the truth?
with Dr. Chad Harston
Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care Mammographer
Unfortunately, breast cancer is common in developed countries like the USA. Therefore, breast health should be a high priority for women here. Early detection of breast cancer plays an important role in managing the disease. I think it would be helpful to clear up a few myths and misunderstandings related to breast cancer.
Lexington Clinic Center for Breast Care Nurse Navigator
1 out of every 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in
their lifetime. This year alone, more than 40 thousand women will die
from breast cancer. However alarming those numbers may be, the good news
is that many of these deaths can be prevented with yearly screening
by Dr. Melissa L. Siemer, Lexington Clinic Audiologist
When a person begins to experience a loss in hearing, they begin to
experience a loss in quality of life as well. Studies show that those
with untreated hearing loss often show signs of irritability, fatigue,
stress, anger, depression and reduced alertness. Additionally, untreated
hearing loss can impair memory, reduce job performance and diminish
psychological and overall health.
What is the fastest I can be seen for my orthopedic injury?
with the Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Pros
Orthopedic complaints are one of the most common reasons Americans seek
medical care each year. And when orthopedic injuries occur – quick
treatment is essential to ensure the patient heals properly.
That’s why the orthopedic pros at Lexington Clinic are proud to introduce the new Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic. This clinic provides treatment for any orthopedic injury a patient may
suffer and allows Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine to
offer high-level care more efficiently to patients with an urgent
Millions of people use contact lens as corrective eyewear, and do so
safely. However according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, between 40-90 percent of those who wear contacts do not
follow proper instructions for wearing – which can lead to serious eye
by Dr. Eiyad Alchureiqi, Lexington Clinic Family Medicine
A common misconception people have when trying to eat healthier is that chocolate is completely off limits. While it is true that this delicious treat isn’t among the healthiest foods a patient should consume, chocolate, particularly dark chocolate can help boost a patient’s health.
by Dr. Marisa Belcastro, Lexington Clinic Family Medicine
Some men operate under the impression that they only need to see a doctor when they are sick. In fact, according to a national survey, men are three times less likely to see a healthcare provider on a regular basis, compared to women. The reality is, everyone, including men, should see a primary care provider at least once a year for an annual exam.
At what point should I consider having my cataracts removed?
by Dr. Michael T. Newcomb, Lexington Clinic Ophthalmologist
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded causing blurriness, and sometimes nearsightedness, for the affected patient. They occur more frequently with age. According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans will develop at least one cataract before age 80.
by Dr. David C. Dome, Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon
Stretching is often overlooked or only considered as something to do
before workout. However, stretching with cold muscles can result in
lower performance quality and sometimes injury. In reality, stretching
is most beneficial when done alone or after an exercise.
How common is osteoporosis? Should I be concerned?
by Dr. Walaa Ayoub, Lexington Clinic Endocrinologist
About one in every in two Caucasian women will have an
osteoporosis-related fracture at some point during her lifetime. Osteoporisis can affect all pateints age 50 and older and older women after menopause are at the highest risk of developing this condition.
How can I help my child stay safe while participating in their favorite sport?
by Brent J Morris, MD, Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon
Approximately half of sports-related injuries among young athletes are a
result of overuse, or repetitive stress on one certain body part, to
the point of injury. This is called an overuse injury. An overuse
injury can be identified by common symptoms, including...
by Scott A. Merkley, MD, Lexington Clinic Gastroenterologist
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more
than 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer each year. In the
U.S., colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer diagnosed
among men and women and the second leading cause of death from cancer...
Is there something I can do to reduce the number of bowel accidents I am having?
by Matthew Bailey, MD, Lexington Clinic Colorectal Surgeon
The issue of unexpected bowel movements can be embarrassing to talk about, but according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not uncommon. Approximately half of the older American population struggles with incontinence. But there is an option for patients ...
What can I do to lower my risk of developing hypertension?
by Lexington Clinic Cardiology
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, if left undetected and untreated, can lead to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America. As high blood pressure contributes to more than 350,000 deaths in the US, each year, one of the best ways to protect against this disease is to take control early and work to prevent it from developing...
by Dr. William D. Camp, Lexington Clinic Oncologist
While it should be noted that cancer is not 100 percent preventable, there are certain steps a patient can take to lower their risk of developing this disease. Most importantly, patients should be aware of early signs of cancer, as early-detection is key when fighting this disease.
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