Arthritis Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

Arthritis affects more than 54 million adults in America and is a leading cause of disability in older patients. The team at Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, can help diagnose your condition and offers treatments to help manage your symptoms and prevent them from becoming worse. Don’t let arthritis affect the quality of your life — call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment and start treatment today.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. Arthritis develops over time and along with pain, patients may also experience symptoms like:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Redness around the joint
  • Reduced mobility

Arthritis primarily affects your joints, but advanced cases can also impact your heart, kidneys, eyes, and other major organs. There is no known cure for arthritis, but at Tri-State Specialists, the team works to reduce your symptoms and ease this chronic condition.


How is arthritis diagnosed?

During an evaluation, your doctor at Tri-State Specialists reviews your medical and family history and asks questions about your current symptoms.

A physical exam helps determine how far along the disease has progressed and assesses your joint’s overall mobility and strength. 

Your specialist may also order advanced imaging tests to better visualize your joints or to confirm a diagnosis. The practice uses on-site comprehensive imaging technology that ranges from digital X-rays to MRI scans to determine the type of arthritis that you have. 


What is the treatment for arthritis?

Once your arthritis diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor at Tri-State Specialists devises a customized treatment plan to reduce your pain and prevent additional damage to your joints. 

They may provide oral or injectable medication. Using ultrasound technology, your specialist pinpoints areas of your arthritic joint and uses targeted injections to offer pain relief and restore degraded joint fluid. 

The practice provides steroid injections to reduce inflammation, as well as platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) regenerative injections to promote healing. 

Along with medication, the practice has a state-of-the-art gym with advanced equipment designed to provide support and strengthen weak joints. A licensed physical therapist can teach you exercises to help manage pain and prevent joint deformation. 

Physical therapy, combined with other lifestyle changes like modifications to your diet, can make a huge difference to your condition and improve the quality of your life.

For advanced cases that don’t respond to medication and physical therapy, your doctor can recommend surgical options to repair or replace an arthritic joint.

To learn more about the various treatments for arthritis that can help relieve pain and increase mobility, call Tri-State Specialists or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.