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Pain Management Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

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

Pain from an acute injury or chronic condition causes discomfort and decreases your mobility. At Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, the team knows that ongoing pain can be debilitating and reduce the quality of your life. That’s why the practice offers highly specialized pain management care that finds the right combination of treatments for the specific pain you experience. If you’re in pain, Tri-State Specialists can help you get relief, with minimal side effects. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment and start treatment today.

Pain Management Q&A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a subspeciality of many orthopaedists at Tri-State Specialists. These doctors aim to treat your injuries, relieve pain, and restore function by targeting the root cause of your pain and addressing this issue. There are two types of pain:

Acute pain

This type of pain starts suddenly and is the result of injury or disease that causes inflammation and pain. 

Chronic pain

This type of pain develops over time, is ongoing, and is caused by diseases like arthritis. No matter the cause of your pain, the expert doctors at Tri-State Specialists can help.

How do you diagnose issues that need pain management?

In order to provide the right treatment, your doctor at Tri-State Specialists needs to diagnose the exact cause of your acute or chronic pain. The practice uses several methods to diagnose orthopaedic conditions, such as:

Digital X-rays

Low radiation, digital X-ray technology allows your doctor to take scans of your bones and assess the injury or deformity that is causing your pain.

MRI scans

If an X-ray doesn’t provide enough clarity, the practice also offers on-site MRI scans that can make higher resolution images in a short amount of time.

Exploratory surgery

If imaging tests aren’t enough to pinpoint the cause of your pain, your specialist may suggest minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to assess the inner state of your joints.

Once your specialist pinpoints the exact cause of your pain, they develop a treatment plan to address your specific condition.

What are the available pain management tools?

At Tri-State Specialists, the main goal of pain management is to reduce pain that prevents you from carrying out daily activities and improve the quality of your life. The practice offers different methods of pain management, like:


Your specialist can provide oral or injected medications to reduce inflammation and pain. The practice uses ultrasound technology to provide a visual of the needle going into your skin so your specialist can deliver the medicine to exact, targeted locations. 

Your specialist also works with you to find the right combination of medication, with minimal side effects, to treat your condition.

Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injection therapy

The practice uses PRP injection therapy, which harnesses the natural healing and growth properties of platelets in your blood to promote tissue repair, accelerate healing, and provide pain relief. 

Physical therapy

The practice provides on-site physical therapy at its gym that features state-of-the-art equipment designed to support you while you exercise. You work with trained physical therapists and coaches to learn exercises that provide pain management and rehabilitation. 

The practice can also refer you to a counselor to help you manage the psychological effects of constant pain, which is known to cause stress and depression in some patients. 

To learn more about the various ways pain management can help you, call Tri-State Specialists or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.