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Elks to offer free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:10 a.m. CDT

ELGIN – The Elgin Elks 737 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation and Sherman Hospital, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18.

The clinic is by appointment only; to make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

The Elks will hold the clinic at Sherman Hospital, 1425 Randall Road, Elgin. Dr. Vincent Cannestra will be the clinician in charge.

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

The Elks Organization has been working with physically challenged children since 1928, and this is one of the 17 clinic locations throughout Illinois.

The clinic is a good time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development. If a child has feet pointing out or who complains of back, knee, leg or ankle pain, or who has a back curvature that child can be seen at the clinic.

The Elks will provide financial assistance to the best of their ability for children needing further treatment or specialty equipment when the family lacks sufficient resources to do so.

In the past, the Elks have bought therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.

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