Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 12, 2013

Elks to host free kids clinic


The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge 819, Centralia Lodge 493, Fairfield Elks 1631, Salem Elks 1678 and McLeansboro Elks 1882 lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on May 10.

The clinic is from 3 to 5 p.m. and is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 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 the clinic.

The Elks will hold the clinic at the Neuromuscular Orthopedic Institute office of Dr. Alan Froehling. The office is located at 302 Broadway, Mt. Vernon.

No medical referral is necessary for the clinic, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic 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 an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development.

If your child has feet pointing out or in who complains of back, knee, leg or ankle pain, or has a back curvature, can be seen at this clinic.

There is no charge for any diagnostic services 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 purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.