For parents, there's nothing better than free health screenings for their kids. For the past seventeen years, Shriner's Hospital provides that exact thing, once a year.
Saturday, they were at United Hospital Center, where about 25 kids showed up to take advantage of the screening. Volunteers from the hospital focused on checking kids for orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems, but it wasn't limited to just that.
Whitney Courtney is the Osteopathic Director at UHC. She said, "We put them in an exam room with their parents or guardians and do a muscular-skeletal exam, which looks to see if they have any problems with their shoulders, hips, legs, feet, and toes. We would kind of coordinate the exam to make it pertinent to what their complaint was."
If nurses find anything wrong with the children, they're referred to Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati or Lexington. Doctors there fix things like cleft lips, burns, and children who have skeletal problems.
If you call 800-444-8314, you can get help from Shriner's anytime of the year. That care will continue for your child until they turn 21.