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Gundersen Tri-County rehabilitation services.


Professional therapists at Gunderen Tri-County offer a range of treatments to help restore mobility, function and quality of life. 

Physical Therapy

We provide physical therapy services to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are licensed healthcare professionals and have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs.

Examples of commonly treated conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Dry needling
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalized weakness and deconditioning
  • Headaches
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Neuro-rehabilitation, such as post-stroke and spinal cord or head injuries
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pre/post surgical treatment including joint replacements, rotator cuff and ACL repairs
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Sport-related injuries
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Whiplash and other injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wound care

Our physical therapists work with physicians and other medical professionals to help patients improve their condition and prevent future injury. A referral from a primary care provider is recommended.

For more information or an appointment, call (715) 538-4361

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is for you if you have chronic breathing conditions that limit your quality of life. With the help of our exercise physiologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists, we'll help you set goals, establish a safe exercise routine, and learn how to exercise at home.

You may benefit from the program if you have:

  • Obstructive disease
  • COPD
  • Persistent asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Occupational or environmental lung disease
  • Sarcoidosis, scleroderma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Pre- and post-surgery including thoracic and abdominal surgery with pulmonary impairment, lung transplant and lung-volume reduction surgery
  • Obesity-related respiratory disease
  • Autoimmune disorders with pulmonary involvement

Pulmonary rehab helps improve the quality of your life through exercise and education. It includes exercises geared specifically for patients with pulmonary problems and education that may include:

  • Introduction to pulmonary rehab and medication
  • Breathing retraining and environmental triggers
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Emotional wellness

We establish your current condition with an assessment prior to beginning your exercise program. We also closely monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen during pulmonary rehab.

To learn if you are a good candidate for pulmonary rehab, talk with your primary care provider. A referral is needed to participate.

For more information or an appointment, call (715) 538-4361

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Programs

Gundersen Exercise Physiologists play an integral role in helping patients maximize function after a serious illness. We offer a medically supervised exercise program that is tailored to your specific needs. The program combines exercise, education and socialization to help you achieve and maintain your highest level of function, health and independence.

Our Program

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics offer cardiac rehabilitation services locally to help you if you have been diagnosed with heart disease or a heart condition, had a recent surgical procedure done on the heart, or fall under any category listed below. We will work with you to help strengthen your heart and learn heart healthy habits under the supervision of a medical team.

Cardiac Rehabilitation programs help you live a health, active life after a cardiac event. Cardiac Rehabilitation is a carefully planned program to help people with heart disease or people at high risk of heart disease enjoy better health through health education, counseling and exercise training.

Heart and lung rehabilitation, also known as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can help you with:

Heart Disease:

  • Recent Heart Attack
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Current stable Angina (chest pain)
  • Heart Valve repair or replacement
  • PTCA or stenting
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant

Lung Disease:

  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

  • Develop individualized exercise programs to meet healthcare needs and goals
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and education about risk factor modification and a healthy lifestyle
  • Offer exercise consults to establish custom exercise plans and goals
  • Collaborate with other Gundersen departments to provide exercise consults for patients with PAD, cancer, chronic pain and other health concerns
  • Counsel patients on tobacco cessation
For more information or an appointment, call (715) 538-4361

Speech & Language Therapy

Communication is important for people to express their needs and thoughts and to build personal relationships. Trouble with speech or language can be very frustrating. We provide treatment for speech and language disorders and dysphagia or swallowing disorders.

Speech language pathologists work with patients who have speech, language, or swallowing problems due to conditions including:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Head and neck cancer

Speech services are provided through our Rehabilitation Department. A physician referral is necessary to participate in speech and language therapy.

For more information or an appointment, call (715) 538-4361

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps you achieve increased independence in all facets of your life. It's purposeful, goal-oriented activities to help if you're impaired by physical illness or injury, cognitive impairment, congenital or developmental disability, or the aging process.

Occupational Therapy focuses on:

  • Improving joint motion
  • Strength
  • Independence in daily living skills (self cares, work, and leisure) for those affected by disability

Occupational Therapy services include the following:

  • Adaptive self-care training
  • Cognitive function testing
  • Home safety evaluation
  • Hand therapy
  • Incontinence Care
  • Lymphodema treatment/reduction
    • Post-mastectomy swelling
    • Long-term swelling of legs or arms
    • Swelling after stroke
    • Swelling from injury or surgery
  • Therapeutic evaluation and exercise
  • Therapeutic massage/myotherapy
  • Wheelchair seating and positioning
  • Work simplification and modification for the home, office, factory and farm

Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are licensed healthcare professionals and have graduated from accredited occupational therapy programs. We work under the direction of physicians and other medical professionals to help patients improve their condition and independence. A referral from a primary care provider is needed.

For more information or an appointment, call (715) 538-4361

Massage Therapy

Reap the benefits of massage at Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics. Massage has been used for thousands of years to improve people's health and well-being, dating back to 1600 B.C. Today, it is an increasingly popular way for people to reduce stress, alleviate pain, relax and improve their overall health. It is also an essential part of therapy, sports medicine and nursing care.

Appointments and Pricing: Appointments are available Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gundersen Tri-County's Rehabilitation Department. Rates are $30 for 30 minutes, $45 for 60 minutes and $65 for 90 minutes. Call (715) 538-1713 to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of massage: A massage is the kneading, stroking and manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of your body. It improves your circulation, facilitates the elimination of metabolic wastes, increases production of natural pain killers, relieves muscle tension and improves muscle tone.

This can result in numerous health advantages including: increased energy, reduced heart rate, reduced pain, muscle relaxation, improved range of motion, strengthened immune system, improved posture, headache relief, lowered blood pressure and general well-being.

Types of Massages Offered

  • Swedish
  • Deep tissue
  • Pregnancy
  • Sports
  • Cupping
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