The face of healthcare is changing and so are we! More and more, patients are becoming active participants in their own health via diet, exercise and preventive care. In support of this trend, we are proud to offer you free, online Self-Care Plans.
WHAT IS A SELF-CARE PLAN?
A Self-Care Plan is a web-based tool that is meant to be the first step in managing your health condition on your own without the need to visit the doctor. Click here to watch Joseph Endrizzi, MD, discuss self-care plans on WKBT News 8 House Call.
WHO SHOULD USE A SELF-CARE PLAN?
If you have been experiencing a health concern and not sure if it is serious enough that you want to see a doctor, you may benefit from using a Self-Care Plan on your own to see if your condition improves.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
The plan is a six-week program that includes exercises, videos and tracking. There are three levels so the plan can be customized to match your specific symptom profile, which is determined based on a series of questions.
WE ARE ALWAYS HERE IF YOU NEED US
If at any point you feel your symptoms are not improving or you need medical help, our specialists offer a full range of treatment options. Call your primary care provider or the appropriate specialty below:
- Orthopaedic Center at (608) 775-2276
- Continence and Pelvic Prolapse Clinic at (608) 775-2277
- Back Pain Clinic at (608) 775-9000
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR INCONTINENCE
The Incontinence Self-Care Plan includes simple steps people can take on their own to improve bladder control. Following this plan, most people will be able to significantly improve or completely control their incontinence symptoms and improve their quality of life. Here's how it works:
Use the Self-Care Plan for the next six weeks. Over this time, you can set goals and reminders, and track your lifestyle changes. Your time between bathroom breaks should increase as you use the tools and meet your goals. Charts and graphs make it easy to track your progress. After six weeks, you can decide to continue with the Self-Care Plan or schedule an office visit.
If at any point you feel you need medical help for your incontinence, we offer a full range of treatment options. Call your primary care provider or the Continence and Pelvic Prolapse Clinic at (608) 775-2277.
KNEES OR HIPS CAUSING YOU PAIN?
Do you suffer from knee or hip pain but have not reached out to an orthopaedic specialist yet? If so, you're encouraged to use Gundersen Health System's new Knee and Hip Pain Self-Care App. This free six-week program is designed to help people manage and improve their joint pain symptoms on their own. Recommendations are tailored to their specific symptom profile. Here's how it works:
Use the Self-Care Plan for the next six weeks. Specific exercises are recommended to help you improve certain aspects of joint functioning. Each set of exercises has its own daily schedule and set of repetitions; there are also videos and written directions for each exercise. As you improve, you can advance through levels 1, 2 and 3. After six weeks, you can decide to continue with the self-care plan or schedule an office visit.
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RESTORE YOUR BACK AND NECK HEALTH
If you suffer from back or neck pain, you're not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives.
Our free, online Self-Care Plan is designed to help people improve their spine function on their own. Exercises in the plan are tailored to your specific symptoms. After completing the six-week program, most people are able to reduce their pain and improve their quality of life.
Use the Self-Care Plan for the next six weeks. Specific exercises are recommended to help you increase your spine strength and flexibility, leading to better spine health. There are four levels of difficulty to choose from. Based on your assessment you will be assigned to a specific level. If it is too challenging or not challenging enough you can choose another level that you feel is more appropriate for you. Each set of exercises has its own daily schedule and set of repetitions; there are also videos and written directions for each exercise. After six weeks, you can decide to continue using the Self-Care Plan or schedule an office visit.
If at any point you need medical help to better control your back or neck pain, our specialists offer a full range of treatment options. Call your primary care provider or Gundersen's Comprehensive Spine Center at (608) 775-9000.
TAKE OUR OTHER FREE HEALTH PROFILER
Everyone should know their health risk factors. Do you know yours? Complete any or all of our health profilers below to assess your risk factors.
*Learn your risk for cardiovascular disease and what you can do to lower that risk:
Although not required, for the most accurate risk assessment results you should know your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting blood sugar levels. For Gundersen patients, this information is available from your MyCare account.
*Call 9-1-1 if you're experiencing any of these heart attack symptoms:
- Pain, tightness, pressure, sharpness, tingling or fullness in your chest
- Trouble breathing
- Cold sweats
- Dizziness or light-headedness