Without Pain Pills or Surgery! — My Story

George Rabel
January – February 2023 • Vol 4, No 2

My name is George Rabel. I was born and raised in Montana. I grew up on a ranch near Deer Lodge and moved to the Gallatin Valley in 1972. My wife Deborah and I have been blessed with 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I am the owner and operator of a successful excavation company here in the valley, and I also enjoy leading my congregation as pastor of the Gateway Bible Church.

When I was 19, I was involved in an accident where a tree fell across my legs. It tore up the cartilage and ligaments in my knee. Thankfully an army doctor put it back together, and it was all better for a large part of my life. Then, at the age of 64, it started hurting and becoming an issue. I tried to ignore it and push through, but it just continued getting worse and worse.

As an excavation contractor, I am accustomed to climbing in and out of equipment all day long. The common practice of jumping down to the ground from my machinery was no longer an option.

Instead, the transfers became laborious, time consuming and downright painful. Needless to say, this is not a desirable way to go about my daily occupation and activities. Additionally, a good night’s rest had become difficult to attain because I could no longer lay on my side and put my legs together without pain.

This went on for about 4 years, and my struggles had become known to my friends and congregation. I was having difficulty getting back up after kneeling down, and it got to the point where I could not even climb a ladder anymore. Hunting and other similar recreational activities were no longer an option, as I could not walk on sidehills or endure the physical demands placed on my knee. At this point I had not yet tried any treatment methods, and when I went to the orthopedic doctor to see about getting a new knee, he told me that I wasn’t ready for one yet. It didn’t seem there would be a good solution in the near future. My life was becoming increasingly more difficult and painful.

Then, one day at church camp, a friend shared with me about his life changing experience with the Human Umbilical Cord Tissue (HUCT) Allograft Injections and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments that he had gotten at the Joint Repair Clinic of MT. He told me about how the injections were a tremendous help to his joint issues. By putting cushioning back into the joint spaces and addressing the inflammation in a