Free medical screenings clinic held in Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. On Saturday, dozens of people, including veterans, their families, and other members of the community, came to the Prestonsburg VFW for free medical screenings .

Lucas Wyatt served in Iraq for the U.S. Army. He needed a medical screening and for a physician to look at his shoulder on Saturday, so he went to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine's Medical Screening Clinic, which was held by the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville's Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Student Chapter.

"It's great for me. I don't have to wait in line to see a doctor. I don't have to fill out a bunch of paperwork. I just have to show up and just sign the one paper they have for me," Wyatt said.

Osteopathic physicians, who teach at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, and medical students conducted screenings for folks like Lucas. People who attended were referred to other physicians after being looked at.

"We just saw a need. We saw a lot of people within the community, and plus we all have friends that are veterans. And not everybody leaves the military getting full health insurance coverage," said Jamie Humes, the President of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Student Chapter, and a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Education was also provided at the clinic.

"We have patient handouts there that increase the awareness of people who are attending this event of the kinds of things that they need to be aware about, that unless they are made aware about, can easily be looked over until it becomes something more serious," said Dr. Peter Zajac, an osteopathic physician and professor at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Zajac says everyone should get a complete medical examination at least once a year, but depending on their conditions, sometimes more.

"A lot of the conditions that we're talking about, like high blood pressure or hyper tension as we call it, are things that no one can feel. However, because you can't feel it, if you don't have it checked periodically to make sure that it's within the normal range, it could lead to problems," Dr. Zajac said.

And understanding what is wrong is something organizers say our veterans deserve for the sacrifices they've made.

This was the first time this clinic was held Organizers say they will announce the date and time of the next clinic, which will be in November in Pikeville, at , as well as through advertisements.

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