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Free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic planned for Feb. 7 at IVCH

PERU — Mendota Elks Lodge 1212 and Oglesby Elks 2360 lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 7. The clinic is from 12:30 to 2:30 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 this clinic.

The clinic will be at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, 925 West St. in Peru, on the first floor across from the X-ray department; enter the hospital from either the lower level on the south side or the main level on the west side. Dr. Richard Erickson of Carol Stream will be the clinician in charge.

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, ankle pain or has a back curvature can be seen at this clinic. The Elks will provide financial assistance to their 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.

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