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Urgent Care Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

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

If your arthritis stops responding to conservative care, or if you suffer a sports-related injury, don’t wait to seek urgent care. At Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, the experienced orthopedic team provides urgent care services onsite, including X-rays, same-day appointments, and referrals when necessary. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the office today.

Urgent Care Q&A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care provides prompt diagnosis and treatment for non-life-threatening acute injuries and illnesses. If you wake up with severe joint pain, or you injure yourself while exercising or working, urgent care can limit pain, prevent further damage, and get you on the road to recovery.

Additionally, urgent care makes it possible to avoid the emergency room altogether. There’s nothing wrong with visiting the ER, but hospitals see patients based on their level of need.

As a result, you might end up waiting hours just to meet with a qualified medical professional when prompt treatment may be crucial for your recovery.

At Tri-State Specialists, the team always sets aside time for same-day urgent care appointments. This ensures you receive treatment immediately when you need it.

What conditions can urgent care treat?

At Tri-State Specialists, the team provides orthopedic urgent care for a variety of common musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Fractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related injuries

You might also benefit from urgent care at Tri-State Specialists if you regularly experience pain that interferes with your mobility or daily routine.

What happens during an urgent care appointment?

An urgent care appointment begins with a thorough, in-office consultation. During the appointment, your Tri-State Specialists provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. Then they ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 and explain the events leading up to your injury.

After gathering this information, your provider orders X-rays to pinpoint the source of your discomfort and guide your treatment.

If your X-rays don’t provide enough information and your provider suspects a more serious underlying health problem, they might order laboratory tests like a blood panel or urinalysis as well.

How does urgent care treat acute orthopedic issues?

No two treatment plans are exactly alike. The team at Tri-State Specialists works to limit pain, prevent further harm, and encourage your body’s natural healing process.

If you experience a minor injury like an ankle sprain or muscle strain, you might benefit from rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), or gentle movement to help the area heal more quickly and correctly. Your provider might also have you take over-the-counter pain medication to prevent inflammation.

If conservative measures of care don’t provide adequate relief, your provider might recommend prescription pain medication, physical therapy, or a series of follow-up appointments.

To achieve the best possible outcome, follow your provider’s instructions carefully, and be patient. Don’t rush back into physical activity, as it may make your symptoms worse.

Don’t wait to schedule an urgent care appointment at Tri-State Specialists. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.