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 editor@lexclin.com.

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Benefits of Restful Sleep

By Craig Knox, MD, PhD
Lexington Clinic Sleep Center

Getting ready for work, getting the kids ready for school or even just getting out of bed in the mornings can seem like a chore if you don’t get enough rest the night before. A good night of sleep can go a long way in making you feel better but the benefits are much more than just boosting your mood. Good rest is a key part of a healthy lifestyle...


Keeping Your Child Safe During Sports

By Dr. Peter W. Hester
Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine

Spring and summer are great times for kids of all ages to get out and play sports while enjoying the beautiful weather, but those sports can also pose some injury risks.

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Get a Jump Start on Allergy Season

By Dr. Shuya Wu
Lexington Clinic Allergy and Asthma

Spring is officially here but with this year’s mild winter it feels like the season started a few weeks ago. Warmer temperatures have trees and flowers around the Bluegrass blooming and that means seasonal allergies will soon begin to take their toll.

Should I get a Colonoscopy?

By Dr. Matthew D. Ashmun
Lexington Clinic Gastroenterologist
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year alone nearly 137,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 will die because of it.
Whooping Cough, What Parents Should Know

Whooping Cough - What Parents Need to Know

with Jordan M. Prendergrast, DO, Lexington Clinic Family Medicine

Whooping cough, or pertussis as it is officially named, is hitting Central Kentucky hard. Nearly 30 children have been diagnosed with the highly contagious respiratory disease just since the start of February, and that number could climb. Part of the problem is symptoms start out looking just like a common cold before the dangerous coughing fits set in.

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.


What should I know about hearing health during the holidays? 

with Dr. Andrea Reynolds
Audiologist with Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat, A Part of Lexington Clinic
The holiday season is a time for gathering with family and friends. During these gatherings, it is essential your hearing health is at its best – you don’t want to miss out on any conversation!

Should I get screened for lung cancer? 

with Debbie Smart, LPN
Lexington Clinic Lung Program Nurse Navigator
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.

Why should I get the flu shot this year? 

with Dr. John P. Ziegler
Lexington Clinic Family Physician
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.

Why are mammograms important?

by Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBHN, CN-BN
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 mammograms. 

At what point should I consider hearing aids?

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 orthopedic need.

What should I know about contact lens health?

by Lexington Clinic Optical Shop
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 infections.

Are back to school physicals really necessary?

by Dr. M. Rachel McGuffey, Lexington Clinic Pediatrician
The time has come for children to prepare for the upcoming school year. Notebooks, pencils, binders and backpacks are a necessity for most students – but what about a back-to-school physical?

What do I need to know about sunscreen before wearing?

by Dr. Jonathan L. Keeling, Lexington Clinic Dermatologist
When it comes to sunscreen use, there are many rumors and common beliefs about this product. For proper use and application it is important to recognize which of these are true and which are myths.

Can chocolate really benefit my health?

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.

Why are annual exams important for men?

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.
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Why should I be stretching?

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.


A visit to the Lexington Clinic Heart Station, what should you expect?

with the Lexington Clinic Heart Stations
If your cardiologist has referred you to one of two Lexington Clinic Heart Stations, you will be undergoing diagnostic tests to help monitor the health of your heart...
Child Sports Safety

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...
Lexington Clinic Gastroenterology, screening colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening

Why should I schedule a screening colonoscopy?

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...
Bowel Control Therapy

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 ...
Lexington Clinic Cardiology, Hypertension Prevention

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...

"I have been considering cosmetic eye surgery to kick off the new year. Are there certain things I should look for when considering where to have the procedure? 

by Dr. John W. Collins, Lexington Clinic Ophthalmologist

Any time a patient has a procedure, no matter how minor, there are certain risks associated with it - cosmetic eye surgery is no different... 

What do I need to know about cancer prevention?

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.
What is Folic Acid, and why is it important for me and my unborn child?

What is Folic Acid, and why is it important for me and my unborn child? 

by Dr. Tamara James, Lexington Clinic OB/GYN

Folic Acid is a vitamin that helps prevent birth defects, particularly in the brain or spine, called neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs occur in about 3,000 pregnancies each year...