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SERC brings physical therapy to Bonner

Christine McEchron-Hills, physical therapist with the new Bonner SERC clinic, says she uses basic equipment to help her clients get on the road to recovery.

Christine McEchron-Hills, physical therapist with the new Bonner SERC clinic, says she uses basic equipment to help her clients get on the road to recovery.

January 30, 2013

Thanks to a new Bonner Springs business, area residents no longer have to drive elsewhere in the metro for physical therapy.

Christine McEchron-Hills recently opened her own branch of a metro rehabilitation clinic, Spine and Extremity Rehabilitation Centers or SERC, at 13035 Kansas Ave., saying she came to this area because she knew there was a need for physical therapy.

SERC Physical & Hand Therapy offers rehabilitation services at more than 20 locations in the Kansas City area, and McEchron-Hills has been a physical therapist with the company for about six years. While her family lives in Olathe, her husband, John, grew up in Bonner, so they are often in the area to visit his family.

“My father-in-law was always complaining that there wasn’t any physical therapy close by,” she said. “So when the opportunity came up to open a new business, this was the first place I wanted to go to. I just felt like this area needed something.”

SERC therapists use orthopedic manual therapy along with exercise and modalities in care plans that are personalized to each patient’s needs and abilities. Some exercise equipment and other therapy items are used at the clinic, but McEchron-Hills said for the most part, they try to keep it simple.

“It really doesn’t take a lot of specialized equipment,” she said. “A lot of the exercises we send people home with, we want them to do it at home. So we really don’t want to get into a lot of crazy equipment.”

Patients may use the clinic’s services for pre- and post-operative surgical disorders, back and neck pain, Worker’s Compensation or sports injuries and joint replacements.

“The majority of what I treat are sprains and strains, just typical injuries from working too hard on the weekend or shoveling too much,” McEchron-Hills said. “Or post-surgical things — joint replacements and rotator cuff repairs are some of the most common ones.”

As the businesses name implies, SERC also offers a more specialized level of therapy for those with hand injuries.

“If somebody has a specific high-level surgery on their hand, sometimes surgeons are a little more specific on who they will allow them to see,” McEchron-Hills said.

To use SERC’s services, clients need a referral from their doctor, and McEchron-Hills said that many of her clients requested physical therapy before their doctor recommended it.

The Bonner Springs clinic can be reached at 913-721-4362.

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