Gundersen partners with Y to offer rehab services in Onalaska

Gundersen Health System has partnered with the YMCA to offer patient services at the Houser Y in Onalaska.

A Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting and open house marked Gundersen Health System’s new collaboration with the YMCA, bringing physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment into the R.W. Houser YMCA’s facility using the Y’s new PT space and warm pool.

The services provided are perfect for those who live an active lifestyle, and include outpatient and orthopedic physical therapy, sports physical therapy, aquatic therapy, and individual and group therapy, to name a few. This menu of options can assist in the return to sports, with recovery for post-operative patients, those with neurologic issues such as Parkinson’s disease, and patients experiencing pelvic floor disfunction, amongst others, according to Pam Johnson-Stuhr, Gundersen PT/OT and Sports Physical Therapy clinical manager.

This partnership helps Gundersen enhance patient convenience by offering services outside the traditional clinic at a place many people already visit. And being amongst other people has shown to improve healing.

“We have a great relationship with the Y, and we’re trying to build those community connections,” Johnson-Stuhr said. “There’s great value in people connecting with others when they’re going through physical therapy. When they see others who are doing similar things, or just being in that type of upbeat atmosphere, it has a big carryover effect.”

Gundersen services at the Y are open to anyone, not just Y members. In fact, those who choose to be treated at the Y facility will receive a temporary Y membership to explore the other areas the Y has to offer.

For more information about the services at the Y, please call the Gundersen Onalaska PT/OT and Sports Medicine at (608) 775-4965.