Free children’s orthopedic clinic set for Jan. 9

PRINCETON — The Princeton Elks Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. The clinic is by appointment only.

The public is invited to participate in this clinic. The hospital is located at 530 Park Ave. East in Princeton. Participants need to use the north front door. 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.

Appointments can be made by call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 800-272-0074 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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. There is no charge for any diagnostic services 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.