I remember when I could ride my bike, rollerblade, play racquetball, ski, hike, and work in the garden for hours on end. Then, seemingly all of a sudden, everything changed. Now there was a price to pay for my activities—PAIN in my neck, back, shoulders, hands, knees, and feet! Eventually, I developed a tear in my rotator cuff and, despite a doctor-prescribed steroid shot and physical therapy, I was never fully functional or pain-free again. I learned to compensate with the other arm and embrace new sleep positions.
One day while working in the garden, my back went out. I spent that summer unable to stand upright or walk without pain. I spent hours lying flat. After a few months, despair set in. As a 40-something mom of three young children, I was in no position to be down like this. My family needed me!
My name is Ed Nordby, and I am a construction and building inspector here in the Gallatin Valley. My wife, Jean, and I have lived in Bozeman since 2007; I have 3 lovely daughters and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy keeping active outdoors, and my favorite pastimes include hunting and downhill skiing.
My work requires me to be moving around all day. It is common for me to walk several miles a day, in addition to climbing, crouching and even crawling through small spaces. I began working at the age of 10, and I just turned 78 this year.
Several years ago, I was involved in a plane crash. We were flying in a small airplane at 70 air miles per hour when we plowed into the side of a mountain and totaled the airplane. We hit a big stump that knocked a wing off the plane and caused it to flip. I suffered severe whiplash in my neck from the steering column and in my back from the impact that literally split the seat open. Thankfully I was able to crawl out of the windshield and get to safety, but the accident left me with residual pain.
My name is Rosemary Silzly. I am retired after 30 years of loving my job as a special-education school teacher. I will turn 80 years old this year. I have two daughters and a son that passed away three years ago. I am blessed with eight grandchildren ranging in age from 8 to 25. I enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible. I like to go to watch their various sports events, and I take pleasure in bringing the younger ones around to places like the park and the pool.
Although my days of being busy tending to the farm with my husband are over, I continue to enjoy living the country life on my farm in Opportunity, MT, and staying active remains important to me. I keep up with the retired teacher’s group and the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority. I love to travel, and I especially enjoy exploring the inner beauty of our country on river-boat and paddle-boat cruises. Once I was through with the busyness of raising my family, I found my passion for clog dancing. It has brought me such happiness to dance for the past 20 years and is now a part of what makes me who I am.
About 5 or 6 years ago, I started to experience pain and issues with my knees. They gradually got worse over time. Going up and down stairs in my three-level house became quite difficult and eventually downright menacing. In fact, there were a couple of times that my knee gave away, causing me to fall and sprain my ankle. Although I had thankfully never broken a bone, the situation clearly had become dangerous, and I knew I had to do something about it.
My name is Tracy Welter, and I am a Three Forks middle school and high school health and PE teacher and coach. I am passionate about physical fitness and have played a variety of sports from grade school through college and into my mid-thirties, including softball, volleyball, track, and basketball.
My left knee started hurting me many years ago as a result of sports injuries in high school and college—back when I was young and thought I could just keep doing things despite the injuries. Overuse of my knee caused tears in my cartilage and meniscus. I had surgery about 30 years ago, but within a year, it tore again while playing city-league basketball.
It became more difficult and took longer to heal, so playing any sports had to be minimal after that. I took up golfing as a way to stay active when I wasn’t able to do the other sports I loved. Eventually, golf also became hard on my knees. The pain started to become a normal part of my life, so I learned to live around it and tried not to think a whole lot about it, which ultimately ended up causing more damage as I pushed through the pain. My knee would lock up, swell and hurt. It became difficult going down stairs, and even going for walks could be painful.
My name is Mary Cremean, and I have lived in beautiful Bozeman for 5 years, where I have enjoyed hiking, biking and walking the wonderful trails in the area. Unfortunately, in late 2020, my right hip started bothering me to the point where I could only walk about 1/10th of a mile before I had to turn around, in tears, because my hip was hurting me so badly. I was 54 years old at the time, but felt like an octogenarian, especially after sitting for extended periods of time at my desk job.
My husband Steve had been researching different options for his joint problems, with an interest in umbilical-cord tissue. After attending a Joint Repair Clinic of Montana presentation, he scheduled an appointment to see if he would be a good candidate for their program. I was a bit skeptical of the human umbilical-cord tissue (HUCT) allograft injection, so I decided to tag along to see what this was all about. After meeting with Dr. Spence and his team, I was convinced this treatment would be beneficial for both me and my husband. We both wanted a natural, healthy alternative to surgery. We decided that the timing would be better for me to go first.
Most people experience aches, pains, and a lack of health or fitness at some point in their lives, especially as they age. Many times, the problem has to do with joint pain causing reduced mobility, which makes you feel older, slower, and even a little bit depressed. It is often a common belief that the pain and discomfort associated with our joints is a normal occurrence that we are forced to live with as we get older. Thankfully, advances in medicine have made it possible to address these issues in a natural and proactive manner to slow down and even reverse joint pain and degeneration issues.
Human Umbilical Cord Tissue (HUCT) Allograft Injections have the remarkable ability to provide cushioning and viscosity in the joints and serve to reduce inflammation and increase range of motion. In order to feel healthy and full of energy, you need to be pain-free and limber. Successful treatment plans have helped reduce inflammation and put cushioning back into joint space, allowing patients to feel younger and move with greater ease. This, in turn, allows them to enjoy their work, hobbies, and family to the fullest, which fosters an abundant life.
My name is Michael Howard, and I am the owner of the local business Reliable Drywall. Throughout my life I have enjoyed many outdoor activities such as snowboarding, running, wakeboarding, surfing, and hiking. I have always been an active person.
Twenty years ago, I had some sheetrock fall on my knee and eventually I had to have ACL repair surgery. The surgery did not go well at all. My knee was just not getting better, and when the doctors realized I had gotten a staph infection, they had to open it back up and clean it out. They eventually had to install a pic line to get rid of the infection. Needless to say, this was a miserable experience.
About five years ago, I started having issues with my back. Then two years ago I was in a motorcycle accident in which I dislocated my shoulder. At this point, I was suffering tremendously with all of the different ongoing pains. Unfortunately, I could never get better from any of these injuries, and the residual pain from them became a constant factor in my life.
My name is Ben. In 2006, just four months after getting married, I was in a near-fatal car accident, crushed by an 18-wheeler on the freeway. It broke my femur in two places, cracked my tibia, broke my ribs, destroyed my right shoulder, cut my face open, severely damaged my lower back, ruined my right knee, and damaged my left one. Over the course of the past 15 years, I have undergone 14 major surgeries and 13 minor ones. My left knee was scoped twice, 2 knee replacements on the right knee (as they didn’t get the size right the first time—a nightmare that never did end up well for me), 5 back surgeries along with many outpatient procedures on my back to burn nerves, etc. My shoulder ended up with 2 severed muscles, cartilage blown off the socket, and my rotator cuff torn so badly it was hanging on by less than 5%. I had it repaired—not replaced.
Before the accident I was very fit and adventurous. I enjoyed downhill skiing, hiking, biking, motorcycles, big game hunting, fishing, rock climbing and spelunking. The majority of my career had been spent in the construction industry working with my hands, doing heavy lifting, and lots of maneuvering up and down.
After the accident, I spent months in a wheelchair and then a walker. I was walking again within a year, but more than a decade later, I was still experiencing pain and issues with nearly every major joint in my body. My ankles and wrists ached with arthritis. My knees, back, shoulder, and neck were a constant source of pain and limitation. Gone was my ability to do many of the activities I loved and also the work that sustained me. I was forced to live a life very different from what I ever imagined for myself.