Outpatient Physical & Occupational Therapy
Gundersen's physical therapists are experts in evaluation and treatment for people with health problems resulting from injury or disease. They work with you to develop treatment plans that will minimize your pain and maximize your level of function. Our outpatient physical therapy outcomes demonstrate a high standard of care as patients benefit from ongoing communication between our staff and their other healthcare providers. In order to be seen in physical therapy, you need a physician referral.
Our physical therapists are involved in several interdisciplinary team efforts including consultation to Advanced Rehab for work-related and non-work related injuries, incontinence and pelvic pain, cancer support and osteoporosis.
The occupational therapy staff at Gundersen evaluates and treats those with impairments that limit their activities of daily living. Our outpatient occupational therapists are experts in providing treatment for arm and hand injuries and lymphedema. Our therapists ensure that you and your family are active participants in the treatment process and are included in establishing goals for therapy.
What is the difference between Occupational and Physical Therapy?
The role of a physical therapist focuses on treating your physical impairment, whereas an occupational therapist works with you to complete everyday tasks despite your impairment.
Common conditions we treat
- Back & neck pain
- Joint pain (knee, shoulder, ankle)
- Muscle / tendons & ligament injuries
- Post-surgical conditions
- Falls prevention
- Muscle weakness
Specialty services we provide
Musculoskeletal Therapy (Bones and Joints)
Bone and joint ailments—including overuse injuries and low back, knee, and shoulder pain—have a negative impact on our lives. If you suffer from a musculoskeletal condition, our therapists work with you to improve your range of motion, lessen pain and get you back to living an active lifestyle.
Dizziness and balance problems can have a great impact on your daily life. Our therapists work with you to determine if your symptoms are caused by problems with the vestibular system and develop a treatment plan that will help relieve those symptoms.
Pre-Driver's Screening Program
The roadways can be a dangerous place when a driver lacks certain skills. The experts at our Pre-Driver's Screening Program can assess skills such as thinking processes, vision, movement and self-control to ensure everyone is fit to drive.
Lymphedema—swelling of a body part—cannot be cured, though our therapists are able to work with you to reduce swelling and teach you how to self-manage your condition. A treatment program is designed to fit your specific needs.
Our licensed physical therapy experts provide evidence-based care to return you to activities as quickly and safely as possible. Our therapists assist in injury and surgery recovery, provide return-to-activity guidelines, offer biomechanical sports analysis and more.
Our trained team of pelvic therapy experts is qualified to diagnose and treat many types of pelvic pain and incontinence following a physician's referral. In addition to special testing performed by your physician, your physical therapist will perform a detailed verbal and physical evaluation to help determine the source of your problem. You and your therapist will work together to develop an individual treatment plan to suit your needs.
Our hand therapists utilize a wide range of therapeutic interventions to treat upper extremity injuries and condition. We will help you adjust to any limitations resulting from trauma or disease and return to your highest level of function.
Overworked and injured muscles can lead to painful knots called trigger points. Dry needling can relieve those aches and pains in a drug-free way so you can live with less discomfort.
La Crosse and Onalaska Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are departments of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.