By Jim Sanford • Special to the MVN • May 15, 2009
The Kerak Shrine Center will host a free orthopedic screening clinic on Saturday, May 30, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 124 N. Main St. in Yerington.
The clinic is open to any child from birth to 18 years old who may have an orthopedic problem, and/or who have been referred by school nurses for scoliosis, or whose parents suspect a problem.
The Shriners will screen as many children as attend the May 30 event.
School and health nurses often provide referrals to the clinic for children they think might be in need; but walk-ins are also welcome to participate.
Dr. P.J. Frye will conduct the May 30 screening at the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley.
Orthopedics is a branch of medical science that deals with prevention or correction of disorders involving structures of the body including the skeleton, join muscles, connective tissue and other supporting structures such as ligaments and cartilage.If the physician determines that treatment may be necessary, a child's application will be forwarded to the Shrine Hospital in Sacramento for possible acceptance and treatment. Kerak Shrine sponsors these clinics and all treatment is provided at no cost to the family, including transportation and accommodations if necessary.
Shriners Hospitals have also treated children with burns for over 40 years.