Expert therapy, close to home
Though Julie is based at the Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus, thanks to a recent collaboration between Children’s Mercy and the YMCA of Greater Kansas, she also sees patients at the Cleaver Family YMCA, located at 70th and Troost. That location was much more convenient for Nahomi’s therapy sessions.
“Collaborating with a community organization like the YMCA helps Children’s Mercy extend our reach and make our services available to children in every corner of Kansas City,” said Marshaun Butler, Vice President of Clinical Support Services, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas Operations, and Chief Diversity Officer.
“Being at the Y has been really helpful because of the equipment and space,” Nahomi said. “We have the whole gym to work in. Plus, it’s a very home-like atmosphere.”
Julie, who sees patients at the Y on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, said the community members enjoy interacting with the student-athletes, and the students have the opportunity to use equipment they are already familiar with.
“Many of our patients live nearby or attend schools in the neighborhood. It’s wonderful to have the Y as a local resource to help our patients get stronger and ready to return to sport,” Julie said.
In Nahomi’s case, Julie worked with her about three weeks prior to her surgery, helping her regain the strength and flexibility in her left knee, and it paid off.
“When I first saw Julie, I couldn’t bend my left knee,” Nahomi said. “But two weeks into therapy, I could bend it easily. Julie was very understanding, motivating and helpful.”
To be certain she was ready for surgery, Nahomi had to undergo extensive Biodex testing at Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine. Biodex is a device used to evaluate strength, endurance, power and range of motion of the major joints and muscles in patients before surgery and after rehabilitation.
“I think Nahomi was very nervous about the testing,” Julie said, “but she did great and was ready for surgery.”