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About the Joint Relief Institute.

Lasting, non-surgical relief for your knee pain so you can live your best life

When your knees hurt, the walls close in. Pain and stiffness in the knees make working on your feet hard, maybe even impossible. You quietly drop the 18 holes with your buddies, and the garden starts to grow how it pleases. Housework or cooking turn into an agonizing race against time—how long will your knees let you stand? When you can’t move, you gain weight and other conditions flare like brush fires. Before long, you’re making up excuses for disappointing friends and family because you simply can’t do what they want to do.

 

Everyone’s knees deteriorate over time; that’s natural, but no one should have to squeeze into a smaller life when we have the best medical treatments in the world right here in Chicago. And they’re covered by Medicare and most insurance.

This is why we founded the
Joint Relief Institute in 2015.

We wanted to give hard-working people their lives back through fast, safe and lasting relief from knee pain.

Today, in our three clinics (Northbrook, Oak Brook, and Orland Park), our friendly team delivers relief in a way that makes patients feel like rock stars from the moment they come through the door. (And not just because some of the patients we’re welcoming are our own moms, dads and loved ones.)

You can see from our hundreds and hundreds of 5-star reviews on Google that our fight against knee pain is a passion and a mission for us. We’re here for everyone because, as doctors and physician assistants, we’ve sat with patients who carry the physical and mental scars carved into them by surgery and narcotics. We will do anything we can to save our patients from risky surgery and brain-fogging drugs. We hire the best doctors and physician assistants, we invest in the best equipment and we spread the word all over Chicago. (In fact, even though we don’t advertise outside Chicago, patients drive hundreds of miles and fly from out of state because they can’t get this knee pain relief closer to home.)

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“Great relief. I recommend this to anyone with knee problems.”

Linda Sokoloski

“Prior to coming to JRI, i was told replacement was my only option. The injections have enabled me to resume normal activity with greatly reduced pain and enhanced mobility. Improved more after 2nd round. I am a believer.”

Guy Labianco

“I have been going to the Oak Brook office, and the pain has been reduced, and each treatment brings more positive results.”

Guy Labianco

Since the first time I came here I trusted everyone right away. Everyone is polite and very helpful with any questions or concerns. Perla did a great job.

Guy Labianco

 

Fighting the
epidemic of total
knee replacements

Our mission to end knee pain in the fastest, safest way possible becomes more important every day. One journal for orthopedic surgeons estimates there will soon be 3.5 million—MILLION—knee replacement surgeries every year. That’s a lake of gold for surgeons, manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.

James Rickert is an orthopedist and the president of the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics. The orthopedic surgeon told AARP’s health newsletter, “We do too many knee replacements.” He told the organisation that patients are sometimes offered surgery they don’t need because knee replacements are “crucial to the financial health of hospitals and doctors”.

 

The University of Texas predicts that surgeons will soon be doing nearly a million knee replacements every year on patients as young as 45. These patients have barely had a chance to use their knees. How can a million of them a year have worn out their knees?

“Joint relief institute solved my knee problems! They are fantastic, and I feel at home. They make you feel so comfortable!! So glad I found them.”

Linda Rager

 

“After years of not being able to walk much, my mother received these 5 injections and now she is able to walk a lot better and with very little pain.
We are so happy with Joint Relief Institute.”

Linda Ryans

I have been coming for gell shots for a while now. I get great relief in both my knee and my…

Judith Grant

33% of knee surgeries are performed on people who don’t need knee surgery

You might ask how all these billions of dollars of surgery can suddenly be necessary.

The answer is that knee surgery often isn’t necessary. We can even put a number on that, thanks to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. These diligent researchers followed knee pain patients over five years and found that approximately a third of all knee arthroplasties (TKAs) were “inappropriate,” which is research language for surgeons sawing into the legs of patients who didn’t need it.

It isn’t even as if knee replacement surgery has a good track record. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai followed 4,498 patients and found that total knee replacement had “minimal effects on quality of life.”

Each one of those operations with minimal benefit represents months of discomfort and rehab. Worse, patients who have knee surgery have a higher risk of long-term pain that is hard to relieve (sometimes even with powerful narcotics). According to research, up to 34% of patients have long-term pain after knee replacement.

Imagine having a knee surgery you didn’t need, then being in lifelong pain as a result of the surgery.

Should I have
knee replacement surgery?

Some people do need knee surgery, and we encourage that small percentage to have the knee replacement. However, before you agree to knee replacement surgery, you MUST explore your non-surgical options.

Knee replacement surgery has all the risks that come with any major surgery, and knee replacements come with no guarantees of restored movement or less pain. In fact, many patients report more pain after knee surgery. Some of our patients have had surgery on one knee and will do anything to spare themselves from surgery on their other knee.

Every day, our doctors and physician assistants see patients who regret not spending an extra hour or two to get all facts before they let someone open them up. Unfortunately, once you have a metal ball in place of a natural knee joint, your only pain management option might be narcotics.

We offer free screenings because we want as many people as possible to have all the facts before making a life-altering decision. Also, our knee pain treatment is 100% safe—no side effects. And it works for almost everybody, so why not give it a try before committing to a path where the destination is uncertain and from which there is no way back?


“I have just completed my third injection. The procedure is pain free. Staff is lovely. Already I have noticed less stiffness in my knee in the morning as well as throughout the day. Merry Christmas to me!”

Linda Rager

“Very pleasant experience. ‘Pain free’– that´’s what John Williams said and he is right.
I love coming here, because I’m pain free.”

Linda Ryans
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Book a free screening for knee pain relief

Call (708) 963-0069

We follow a rigorous protocol designed by our doctors to ensure our clinic is COVID safe. Every surface is disinfected multiple times daily, and you will only have contact with your doctor or physician assistant during your visit.

about us

Your Knee Pain
Relief Team

Ermin Arriola
MD, Physician

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Michael Hana
MD, DABA. DABPM, FIPP, Physician

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Rahul Khapekar
DO, Physician

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Julie Kafka
MD, Physician

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Katrina Nguyen
DO, Physician

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Marianne Hana
MD, Physician

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Rajka Milanovic Galbraith
MD, Physician

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Christina Chamakala
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Clement Sinigur
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Girelle Peterson
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Lauren Clark
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Mario Misseha
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Sara Hill
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Valerie Witt
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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Allegra Marino
PA-C, Physician Assistant

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