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Gundersen Tri-County rehabilitation services.

Rehabilitation

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

Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise programs

Gundersen exercise physiologists play an integral role in helping patients maximize function after a serious illness. We offer medically supervised exercise programs that are tailored to your needs. The programs combine 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 and peripheral artery disease program services to help if you have been diagnosed with heart disease or a heart condition, had a recent surgical procedure done on the heart, have peripheral artery disease or intermittent claudication, and/or fall under any category listed below. We will work with you to help strengthen your cardiovascular system and learn heart healthy habits under the supervision of a medical team.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs help you live a healthy, 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 education, risk factor reduction, counseling and exercise training.

Heart rehabilitation, also known as cardiac rehabilitation, can help after:

  • 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

Peripheral artery disease/intermittent claudication programs help you live a healthy, active life after being diagnosed with PAD. This program is carefully planned and primarily uses a treadmill to help people with vascular disease enjoy better health through education, risk factor reduction, counseling and exercise training.

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

Call (715) 538-2674 for more information or to make an appointment.

Physical Therapy

We provide physical therapy 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.

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 and 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.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Call (715) 538-1713 for more information or an appointment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps you achieve increased independence. 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 (selfcare, 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. They 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.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Call (715) 538-1713 for more information or to make an appointment.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps if you have a chronic breathing condition. With the help of our exercise physiologists, nurses and respiratory therapists, we’ll help you set goals, establish a safe exercise routine, and teach you home exercises.

You may benefit 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 for patients with pulmonary problems and education that includes:

  • 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.

Talk to your primary care provider to determine whether you are a good candidate for pulmonary rehab. A referral is needed to participate.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Call (715) 538-1713 for more information or to make an appointment.

Speech and Language Therapy

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

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

Our staff can help with speech fluency and production and auditory rehabilitation for communication and listening skills impacted by hearing loss.

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

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Call (715) 538-1713 for more information or to make an appointment.

Massage Therapy

Whether you are looking to manage pain and chronic body tension or are simply looking for relaxation, massage therapy can support your physical comfort and overall health and well-being.

Massage treatments available include:

  • Swedish massage: A relaxation massage that relieves tension and stress by increasing blood flow and circulation. The treatment is characterized by long, soothing strokes and circular motions, and is applied with light to medium pressure.
  • Deep tissue massage: A massage that targets deep tissue and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep strokes are often applied with increasing pressure to help relax knotted muscles and heal injuries.
  • Tui Na: A form of Chinese massage therapy utilizing kneading, rolling, pressing, rubbing, shaking and tapotement. Techniques may be gentle or firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to pull/lift and squeeze." The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points.
  • Pregnancy massage: A modified Swedish massage that helps reduce common symptoms of pregnancy, including but not limited to nausea, fatigue, leg cramps and back pain. Positioning techniques and body pillows ensure the massage is conducted safely and effectively for both mother and baby.
  • Chronic medical condition massage: A specialized massage for people with chronic medical conditions who may require additional consideration and gentler techniques.
  • Trigger point therapy: A targeted massage that addresses a source of pain. The technique involves deep breathing and is often used to manage chronic injuries, which may be causing pain to spread to other parts of the body: for example, a back injury that leads to neck pain.
  • Sport massage: This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.

 Appointments and pricing: Appointments are available 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Gundersen Tri-County’s Rehabilitation Department. Prices are $30 for 30 minutes, $45 for 60 minutes and $65 for 90 minutes. Call (715) 538-1713 to make an appointment.

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