FREE Community Injury Clinics at AL!VE a regional success

CHARLOTTE, MI – Nearly 200 local residents have attended free weekly injury clinics held by AL!VE and its partner, Playmakers, since March 2019, stopping in to discuss ailments both big and small with a health professional.

Clinics are conducted from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays at AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, and are geared toward those suffering from a variety of injuries, from muscle pulls to knee injuries to back pain.

“This offering has been extremely rewarding for us not just in illuminating solutions to nagging injuries but in having meaningful dialogue with patients and building relationships with them in a proactive way,” says John Sauchak, D.O., Medical Director of Sparrow Eaton Hospital Orthopedic Services.

These free-to-the-community injury clinics are offered on a first-come, first served basis. They provide a free assessment, explore solutions, and sometimes include referrals for further treatment to a clinical specialist. AL!VE’s clinics enlist the support of a variety of Sports Medicine clinicians, including Sparrow Eaton Hospital physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers.

“It’s been great to expand on our ‘typical work day’ to see patients who might not have otherwise come in had they had to schedule an appointment,” says Jacob Brown, PT, DPT from EMPOWER, the rehabilitation department at AL!VE.

“As a marathon runner with a stubborn case of muscle inflammation (piriformis syndrome), I realized substantial relief after my treatments at AL!VE – which is quite different than anything I have previously experienced with a healthcare facility,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, resident of Grand Ledge who recently attended the injury clinic. “The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and demonstrate a genuine commitment personalized care, while the facility has such an inviting culture filled with talented professionals who demonstrate a holistic approach to personal health and vitality.”

The injury clinic is available at either AL!VE (Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.) or Playmakers (Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.) clinic or call 517.541.5800, opt. 2, for more information.

AL!VE is an experience-based destination health park that provides inspiration and support for greater Charlotte and Mid-Michigan communities to transform, empower, and enhance their personal well-being.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit