EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Elks 1016, in association with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, are sponsoring a free children’s orthopedic check-up clinic on Thursday, March 17.
The consultation hour begins at 8 a.m. and is only possible by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There are no fees for any services in this clinic.
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The Elks will conduct the clinic at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Bonutti Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. dr Timothy Gray will be the lead clinician.
The clinic does not require a physician referral, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or for a second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.
The Elks organization has worked with children with physical disabilities since 1928 and this is one of 15 clinic locations throughout Illinois. The clinic is an ideal time to have a child evaluated for bone and joint development. Children with feet pointing outwards or with back, knee, leg, ankle pain or with a back curvature can be treated in this clinic.
The Elks provides financial support for children who need further treatment or special equipment when the family does not have the funds to do so. In the past, the moose have purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs, and assistive communication devices to help children cope with a variety of physical challenges.
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