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 natural manner, his pain and mobility issues were drastically improved. He likened the change it made in his joints to being the closest thing he would find to the “fountain of youth” in his lifetime!

Debbie and I decided we should meet with the doctor at the Joint Repair Clinic of MT to see if this might be a good option for my knee. We enjoyed meeting the friendly staff at the clinic and were thankful to learn from Dr. Jahner that I would be a good candidate for their treatment program. What I was most excited about was being able to avoid an invasive surgery with a long recovery time. I didn’t mind spending the money on an alternative, natural approach because I knew it had worked well for others, and I had hope that it would work well for me, too. I also knew that I could always go for surgery if it didn’t work, but I would much rather do what I could to avoid that option if at all possible.

The allograft injection initiated a natural process in my knee that caused it to get better and better over time. Within about 7 months I was pain free! This treatment method is in stark contrast to the mainstream medicine approach of using harmful cortisone and steroids which can provide a quick fix pain blocker but do nothing to address or improve the root issue. With the allograft injection, my knee is now healthier and stronger. I have turned the direction of my joint health around and believe I will get many more years out of my own knee now. I have not had any joint surgeries, and I believe I won’t need any now that I know about this option to avoid surgery and save my joints with HUCT and PRP.

Getting back the pain-free use of my knee has been life changing for me. The things I am most grateful for are: I can now get in and out of my equipment without pain; I can once again climb a ladder, and it is way easier to get back up after spending time down on my knees! Now that my knee doesn’t hurt anymore, I am working on strengthening it, and I look forward to doing more physical activities. Debbie and I used to enjoy going to the races and haven’t been in years. We hope to enjoy more activities together now that I am not weighed down with pain. I am also looking forward to going hunting again too!

Part of the Joint Repair Clinic’s program includes exercise and nutrition counseling. As a result, I am now eating better and overall feeling better too. I would highly recommend others struggling with joint pain issues to call the Joint Repair Clinic to see if they would be a candidate for this wonderful program. I am thankful that I did!