Carmi Elks Lodge #1652 in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Wabash Christian Therapy & Medical Center, 1112 Oak Street, Carmi, with Dr. Justin Miller as the clinician in charge. The clinic is from 8:30-9:00 a.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 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. There are no charges for any services at the clinic. 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 chidlren sincce 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. A child that has feet pointing out or in; complains of back, knee, leg or ankle pain; or has a back curvature can be seen at the 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.