News Briefs for Dec. 23

December 23, 2004

Winter golf conditioning program planned

A program to keep golfers in top physical condition during the winter months will begin Jan. 3 at McDowell Wellness Center, 1107 Ben Ali Drive. The winter golf assessment and conditioning program will include an individual assessment with golf swing and biomechanics analysis, a personalized wellness assessment and a customized fitness program for winter workouts.

Bruce Brown, PGA professional; Ron Barbato, a licensed physical therapist; Bryan Lanham, wellness counselor; and Rob Longwell, a professional trainer, will be instructors. Call (859) 936-9355 for more information.

Free cholesterol screenings offered

A free cholesterol screening is scheduled from 8:30-11 a.m. Jan. 4 at MedSource, 326 W. Walnut St., by Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Appointments are not necessary.


Cholesterol is a substance the body needs in small amounts to build cell walls and make certain hormones. Individuals should strive to maintain a total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dl. Individuals with no risk factors for heart disease should have their cholesterol tested once every five years, beginning at age 35 for men and at age 45 for women.

For more information, call (859) 239-1691.

McDowell offers pain management

The Pain Management Center at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center offers relief from acute or chronic pain. Treatment is available for pain related to conditions such as shingles, chronic back problems, automobile accident injuries, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and fibromyalgia.

"Because the Pain Management Center was recently re-accredited by the American Academy of Pain Management, individuals who receive care here can be assured of quality service," said hospital president Barry Michael.

Recently, the center began offering new therapies for relief of leg and back pain, including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal morphine pumps.

Spinal cord stimulation uses low-voltage electrical stimulation to block pain messages from reaching the brain. Instead of feeling pain, the patient experiences a pleasant tingling sensation.

Intrathecal morphine pumps are implanted beneath the patient's skin to provide a continuous infusion of morphine to act on pain receptors in the spinal cord, providing pain relief at the level where nerves exit the spinal cord.

Patients must be referred for care by their physician. A multi-disciplinary approach is taken for managing each patient's pain, with physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and behavioral health counselors designing a treatment program to suit each individual's needs.

Candlelight service is Friday

Immanuel Baptist Church will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Friday. The church is at 1280 Faulkner Lane, Danville.

Holiday closing

Junction City Hall will be closed Friday, Monday and Dec. 31.

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