4 of The Best Alternatives to Knee Surgery

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Dealing with ongoing knee pain can impact every aspect of your life. Whether suffering a recent injury or fighting chronic arthritis pain, non-invasive treatment options exist. You can quickly treat knee pain with physical therapy, ongoing pain management, or a combination of methods.  

Visiting a professional chiropractor, like Dr. Yezak of Houston Spine & Rehab, you can start the process of finding alternatives to knee surgery with non-invasive treatment options. We are providing free MRI Reviews for those interested in a second opinion and other options outside of surgery.

The Alternatives to Knee Surgery

While many believe a knee injury can only be treated with surgical intervention, several available alternative treatment options exist. Using a combination of treatments to treat sprains, strains, and tears to ligaments and tendons can not only provide a faster recovery than surgery but can also help prevent injury in the future.  

Some popular knee surgery alternatives include:

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1. Pain Management

Pain management can come in many forms when treating knee pain. For some, pain management may mean a prescribed course of physical therapy, while pain medication may be more appropriate for others.  

2. Physical Therapy

Often, knee injuries occur because of improper movement or limited strength to support the motion or action. Physical therapy is a wonderful way to improve strength and flexibility following a knee injury. Physical therapy will focus on the muscles surrounding the knee, offering additional support and stability to the complicated joint. Often, physical therapy is a perfect choice for knee sprains and strains. Adding spinal manipulation to the treatment plan can improve strength and ensure the body is correctly aligned with weight centered over the knee.

Woman is under going a Cryotherapy to treat her knee injury

3. Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a popular option for knee pain, primarily if the pain is caused by repetitive use injuries, such as a runner's knee. Cryotherapy not only eases pain but can help reduce inflammation and swelling. This treatment option can also be an excellent choice for those who have arthritis or as a way to recover quickly following knee surgery.  

4. Injections

Although still minimally invasive, injections can be a fantastic alternative to knee surgery. Knee injections can be used to reduce inflammation, provide additional cushioning to the joint, or offer pain relief. Some common injections for knee pain include corticosteroids, which can also limit inflammation. For those suffering from limited cushioning or degenerative diseases like arthritis, hyaluronic acid injections can improve lubrication in the joint.  

The knee is a complicated joint that often requires a multi-pronged approach to treatment. If your doctor has suggested surgery, consider these alternatives to knee surgery. In all cases, knee surgery should only be considered as a last resort after exhausting non-invasive options.  

Let Houston Spine & Rehab Help You

Houston Spine & Rehab is built around caring, professional, and dedicated chiropractic professionals. Led by our Chief of Staff, Dr. Yezak, and accompanied by Dr. Neuburger, we have over 50 years of combined experience.  

Chiropractor is doing some knee evaluation to the patient

Our office has several innovative treatment methods that can help you find relief fast, without the lengthy recovery involved with knee surgery. From spinal alignments to physical therapy, pain management treatment, we offer the latest non-invasive techniques, treatment options, and practices.  

We believe there is no "one size fits all" solution to treating knee pain, and our clinic offers comprehensive care options to find alternatives to knee surgery. Start with a personalized MRI Review by our Chief of Staff, Dr. Yezak, and begin your alternative options to knee pain surgery today.  


Surgery doesn't have to be the only option for lingering knee pain. The Houston Spine & Rehab team is happy to help create a customized treatment plan offering alternatives to knee surgery. We can start you on the path to recovery with a free MRI review.

Call us today to set up an appointment at one of our four Houston-area offices. The Houston and Woodlands teams can be reached at 713-652-4052 and are happy to offer you a second opinion. 

Dr. Mark Yezak
Mark Yezak, BS, DC, is the founder, chiropractic director, and chief of staff at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. Offering 25 years of experience. Dr. Yezak is a published author of research papers, books, and journal entries. He is undoubtedly a leader in his field.
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