Effingham Elks will hold a free children’s orthopedic clinic | Health, Medicine and Fitness

EFFINGHAM – The Effingham Elks 1016, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free orthopedic assessment clinic for children on Thursday, March 17.

The clinic starts at 8 a.m. and is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge for the services of this clinic.

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The Elks will hold the clinic at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Bonutti Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the lead clinician.

No medical referral is needed for the clinic, but physicians are encouraged to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or a second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.

The Elks organization has worked with physically disabled children since 1928 and is one of 15 clinics across Illinois. The clinic is a great time to have a child checked for bone and joint development. Children who have pointy feet or who complain of pain in the back, knees, legs, ankle or who have a curvature of the back can be seen at this clinic.

The Elks provides financial assistance to children who need additional treatment or specialized equipment when the family does not have the resources to do so. In the past, the Elks have purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and enhanced communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.

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