Pain Management Services Now Available at Brookings Health’s Outreach Specialty Clinic

Posted: 6/9/2016

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Cory Kirby performs a pain management procedure on a patient at Brookings Health System’s Outreach Specialty Clinic. Pain management services aide the healing process and relieve pain when other non-surgical interventions have failed.Brookings Health System now provides pain management services for area patients the first and third Monday of each month at the Outreach Specialty Clinic located inside Brookings Hospital.

Certified registered nurse anesthetists perform interventional pain management using minimally invasive techniques. The therapy aides the healing process and relieves pain when other non-surgical interventions have failed. Often patients regain mobility and return to work or home responsibilities.

“Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent medical problems in today’s society. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, it affects over 100 million Americans, more than the number of people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer combined,” said Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Hillestad. “Our anesthesia team’s pain management services offer safe and effective pain relief as an alternative to narcotic drugs.”

Conditions treated through pain management services include:

  • Lower Back Pain: Steroid injections reduce inflammation that causes lower back pain, including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, a narrowing of open spaces within the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. A patient may have up to three steroid injections a year if needed.

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Sacroiliac injections reduce inflammation where the lower spine and pelvis connect, reducing pain in the buttocks, lower back or legs. The injections may also be used for other therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.

  • Muscle Pain: Trigger point injections treat painful areas of muscle groups or knots of muscle when muscles do not relax.

A physician referral is required for pain management services. The next clinic date is June 20.

Brookings Health System’s anesthesia department offers personalized pain management for patients, including general anesthesia, sedation, spinal, epidural and labor epidural. In addition, the anesthesia team provides invasive and non-invasive pain relief techniques along with patient-controlled painkillers. The team is also available to help patients with chronic pain manage their condition. To learn more, visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at