The Joliet Elks Lodge 296 in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp. will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic Aug. 4.
The clinic is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 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. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.
The Elks will hold the clinic at Hinsdale Orthopedics, 951 Essington Road in Joliet. Dr. Bradley Dworsky 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 worked with physically challenged children since 1928, and this is one of the 16 clinic locations throughout Illinois.
The clinic is an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development. Children with feet pointing out, who complain of back, knee, leg, or ankle pain or have 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 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.
According to its website, the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp. has recognized the needs of children with physical challenges. In its early years, the corporation focused on the physical challenges associated with accidents and polio.
Although some restrictions do apply, the corporation's mission is to "assist any child under the age of 21 who is a legal resident of the state of Illinois with medical assistance, as long as it falls within the IECCC scope and guidelines, regardless of race, creed, sex or national origin."
For information, visit www.illinoiselks.org/childrens-care-corporation.