About the Joint Relief Institute.

We've provided non-surgical, pain-relieving treatments to tens of thousands of patients since 2015.

Our mission is to end knee pain in the fastest, safest way possible.


Know all your options

Total knee replacement surgery is not your only option. We advise our patients to explore all less invasive methods before undergoing surgery.

Knee replacement surgery doesn’t come with any guarantees of restored movement or less pain and can sometimes lead to reliance on narcotic pain medication.

We don’t want that for our patients if they can avoid it. Our aim is to educate you about your options so you can explore less invasive treatment options so that you are equipped to make the best decision for your mobility journey. If we do feel replacement surgery is your best choice, we’ll tell you that too.


Michael Hana, MD |  Founder

“I'd love to tell you the story of why I founded The Joint Relief Institute!”

My name is Mike Hana. I’m board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine, and I founded the Joint Relief Institute. If you’ll give me a moment, I’d like to tell you why I founded the institute.

Many people with knee pain think their only choice is to have a knee replacement, but according to this study, up to 1/3rd of knee surgeries are performed on people who don’t need them. That’s up to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary knee surgeries every year!

A knee replacement is not a minor surgical procedure and like all surgery, knee replacement comes with the risks of infection, heart attack, and stroke. After knee replacement surgery, even the luckiest patient faces a considerable period of bed rest, then a long road to their best-case scenario. And that best-case scenario is bad for many people…

The top reason for getting a knee replacement is chronic pain — my area of specialization — but this study shows many patients continue to have knee pain AFTER the surgery – pain that gets worse over time.

When you have a knee replacement, you close the door on your other options. The only thing you can do for pain after a knee replacement is take ever-increasing doses of mind-numbing and potentially addictive painkillers. And the longer you take painkillers, the greater the chances of bleeding ulcers and kidney failure.

All these studies and statistics are from respected and widely read medical journals, however, these aren’t statistics to me – they’re real people. I see these patients every day at the Joint Relief Institute – people who are in pain after knee replacement surgery. They’ve had one knee replaced, and they will do anything possible to avoid having surgery on the other knee.

So, you can imagine how frustrating it is to meet people who are in pain that they never should have experienced. I’m talking about pain that came because they didn’t get the right treatment, or they had a knee replacement they didn’t need.

That is why I founded the Joint Relief Institute in 2015. I wanted to make sure that as many people with knee pain as possible can undergo a simple, low-risk, low-cost procedure that could change their lives.

Knee injections are safe, effective, painless, and without any side effects, so you have nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain by trying injections first. If you’ve read our thousands of five-star reviews, you know that your life could change in a matter of minutes.

That being said, some people do need knee replacements. However, there is no way back after a knee replacement, so I’m asking you this: Please don’t decide that traumatic surgery is your only option without trying gel injections first.

Please come in to one of our three Chicagoland offices for a no obligation consultation. Our friendly and caring staff will answer any questions you have so you can make the most informed decision for your future.

Mike Hana, MD  |  Founder, Joint Relief Institute.


“It is a gift not to have surgery. Last year, my shots lasted all year. I taught fulltime, and I would not have been able to do that without these injections. Thank you.”

—Linda R.


“I highly recommend Joint Relief Institute. There was no pain during the procedure. Within a few short weeks, I was free from knee pain. Thank you so much.”

—Greg A.


“You all are SO polite! My knees have been feeling 100% better. I couldn’t even walk or go up the stairs and now I can go to the grocery stores with no problems.”

—Yolanda N.


“I would give them 10 stars if it were possible. I am so pleased and overwhelmingly happy with the help I have received from this clinic.”

—Lupa D.


“I love all of you!! You’ve always been so kind. Everyone here that I’ve had to interact with has been awesome…Is anyone NOT happy that works here?!”

—Kathy P.


“The customer service has been excellent and staff lowered my anxiety about the needles, they made it so easy for me.”

—Mary C.

Ermin Arriola, MD

Ermin Arriola

MD, Physician

Michael Hana, MD

Michael Hana

MD, DABA. DABPM, FIPP, Physician


Rahul Khapekar

DO, Physician

Julie Kafka, MD

Julie Kafka

MD, Physician


Nicholas Manolitsis

MD, Physician

Katrina Nguyen, DO

Katrina Nguyen

DO, Physician

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