Alternatives to Surgery


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InMotion Pain Solutions provides FDA-cleared, drug-free, non-invasive treatment options to those suffering in many different types of chronic pain, including:

• Back Pain
• Knee Pain
• Neck Pain
• Hip Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Arthritis
• Post-Surgical Pain

The InMotion treatment program brings Eastern Iowa a viable alternative to surgery, including back surgery and joint replacement surgery.


Back surgeries are becoming much more common, but that doesn’t make them the best treatment option for back pain. If fact, even the Mayo Clinic states that back surgery is “rarely necessary.”1

That’s because most back pain can be resolved without the expense and risks associated win spinal surgery including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, paralysis, complications of anesthesia, blood clots, heart attack, stroke, and others. Back surgery can cost from $10,000 to $100,000+ and require weeks to months of recovery time.

Back surgery outcomes are not as good as many might think. 

According to a 2016 article in the Journal of Pain Research, up to 75% of those who have back surgery report post-surgical pain, and as many as 35% require a second spinal operation.2

This statistic alone is enough reason to seek alternatives to surgery. In addition, more and more research is showing that the long-term outcomes of surgical interventions for back pain are not better than outcomes of non-surgical back pain treatment. So why are so many doctors recommending back surgery?

The simple answer is that the conventional medical community is not well-versed in alternatives to back surgery. When traditional treatments for back pain fail, many think that surgery or opioids are the only options that remain.

We’re here to tell you that is not the case.

If you remember only one thing after reading this page, remember this: back surgery should always be your last resort. Seek out second, third, and even fourth opinions about back surgery alternatives. Learn how the drug-free, non-invasive treatments at InMotion Pain Solutions are a surgery alternative that may be a better choice to relieve your back pain.


Perhaps you’ve been told that your knee is “bone on bone”and that you are a perfect candidate for a knee replacement. We have reviewed the x-rays of many patients who have been told that they are “bone-on-bone” only to find that is not the case at all. If there is even a sliver of cartilage in your joint, we may be able to help you postpone or avoid knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery, or other joint replacement surgeries. 

Does that mean that the other doctor was lying to you? No, of course not. From their perspective – a surgical perspective – your cartilage is so far gone that physical therapy will no longer help and joint replacement surgery is a viable option. But that doesn’t make it your only option. 

Joint replacement surgery carries the same risks of any major surgery, and the road to recovery can be long –even when the surgery goes well. When surgery does not go well, revision surgery may be necessary. Revision surgeries are more difficult, require a longer recovery, and may have lower success rates than the initial surgery. Joint replacements have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. So, the younger the candidate, the more likely he or she will need to replace the replacement joint. 

The treatment program at InMotion Pain Solutions offers Cedar Rapids an alternative to joint replacement surgery that works with you to relieve pain and restore mobility to your existing joint so that you can keep your “original equipment” as long as possible. Learn more about our non-invasive, conservative approach that may help you prevent or postpone joint replacement surgery.


At some point, most of us will experience osteoarthritis pain. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” form of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage that protects and cushions your joints wears down. It is most common in your knees, hips, and spine. When osteoarthritis goes unchecked, it can lead to pain, stiffness, swelling, bone spurs, and loss of motion. 

These symptoms can eventually damage joints to such an extent that surgery is recommended. If you’re looking for a viable alternative to surgery, it’s important to take action against arthritis pain sooner versus later. 

One of the single most effective non-drug treatments for osteoarthritis is exercise. Moving your joints has been clinically proven to prevent and slow joint damage. And one of the best things about exercise –it’s free!  But, when you’re in severe pain, it’s hard to exercise. 

That’s where we come in. 

The InMotion Pain Solutions treatment protocols work to relieve pain and restore motion. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Learn more about how we can help patients in Eastern Iowa combat arthritis pain and get you moving again.


1. Mayo Clinic. “Back surgery: When is it a good idea?” Retrieved from
2. Bruno Bordoniand Fabiola Marelli. “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Review and New Hypotheses” Journal of Pain Research, 2016; 9: 17–22. Retrieved from