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Natural Joint Repair

Without Pain Pills or Surgery—My Story

Clint Branger
March – April 2023 • Vol 4, No 3

My name is Clint Branger, and I am 58 years old. I was born in Red Lodge and raised in Roscoe where I live today. I’m sharing this story as a way of giving back a little bit for what I got. I feel good about saying what has happened with my knee, as it has really changed my life. Perhaps my story can help others know about this amazing medical opportunity.

When I was a Junior in high school, I was pole vaulting and didn’t have a spotter. I landed wrong and really messed up my knee. I had to have knee surgery at 18 years old. The doctors did a good job back then, and my knee recovered to function wonderfully for me for many years.

I grew up on the ranch and began bull-riding when I was 12. At 20 I started traveling the rodeo circuit full time. I sustained lots of injuries and really abused my knee a lot through my bull-riding years. I learned real quick when I got off a bull that if I didn’t have a good spot I would just land on my knee—which was better than landing on my foot—but it really abused it. It was amazing what my body was able to endure all those years, but I never gave my knee a break, and it really caught up with me later in life.

A typical day on my ranch involves being on horseback for about 4 hours per day. We ride on some of the steepest country, and are on our horses constantly as we move cattle. Doing that all day long wears you out, and you get tired.

In 2018 I was blessed to marry my wife Janna, and we now have the pleasure of running both my ranch in MT and her ranch in WY together. Her ranch requires us to be on horseback all day long, which really impacted my knee. Ever since I started those longer days of riding, I began noticing my knee starting to hurt quite a bit.

It started with an arthritic pain in my knee that was a constant annoyance. I would push through the pain and live with it, but I didn’t enjoy it. While working, my mind would be so focused on my work that I could endure the pain. But I would really feel it most when I was trying to relax and had time to think about it. When I would get up to walk, my knee would really hurt, and it was becoming a real problem. Arthritis pain is hard to explain, but when you are bone-on-bone on the inside of the knee, it really hurts.

The longer hours on horseback pushed me to the edge, as it was really impacting me, and I was ready to do anything to fix it. People said I might need a knee replacement. It seemed everyone around me was talking about getting knee replacements. That was all I knew to do in order to stop being in pain.

I was determined to do all I could to get it replaced, but being a type 1 diabetic, I was required to put off knee replacement surgery until I could get my blood sugar levels down in order to avoid infection. I successfully lowered my A1C and got myself lined up for surgery in the Fall of 2022.

Then I saw an ad on Instagram for the Joint Repair Clinic of MT and their natural alternatives to surgery. It caught my eye, and I thought I should look into the option for avoiding surgery. I talked with the doctor on the phone, and we went over my x-rays and discussed a treatment program that would help re-cushion my joints and lubricate my knee to take away the pain.

In my mind, I could relate that to putting hydraulic fluid in there, and it made sense to me as to how that could really help. I thought it was worth giving this a try before going through an irreversible replacement surgery. In the spring of 2022, I began my treatment program. Within a few days of the PRP treatment, I started to feel some noticeable results. It was just amazing to no longer feel the pain—it was really gone!

Ranch life requires me to keep pushing through. The work has to get done. Before getting help from the Joint Repair Clinic of MT, depending on how much work I was doing, it would get to where it was really a lot of misery. The pain was impacting my ability to fully enjoy my life. Now I no longer suffer from the arthritic pain in my knee like I did before. I can once again enjoy the simple things I love, like spending time with my wife.

A short while ago, we had a really long day up in the mountains in the BigHorn Basin and on the way out, it was mostly downhill—I started to feel a little reminder of the pain in my knee, and I was concerned about what the next day was going to be like, but when I got up the next day, there was no pain! It was a miracle—the pain is gone, and it has been such a blessing to be able to enjoy life without pain again.

Prior to the treatment, my arthritic knee hurt no matter what I was doing. Even when just sitting, eating or laying down to sleep. The pain was there all the time—it didn’t have a day off!

After the treatment, I have no arthritic pain—it is incredible—it is truly gone!

I can enjoy life that much more now that I don’t have the pain, and I am so thankful that I found the Joint Repair Clinic of MT and got their help.

The Joint Repair Clinic of Montana (with locations in Bozeman, Billings, Missoula, and Helena) has been helping many Montanans attain great results from arthritis, joint pain, and peripheral neuropathy. The professional staff uses measurable, scientific testing and x-rays to understand what is going on with your joints to help determine what may be the source of your pain. They can help you learn about the natural options that may be available for you and offer personalized-care programs to help your body naturally. They utilize the tissue from donated umbilical cords from live-birth, healthy moms and healthy babies, which helps the cushioning in your joints. Care packages can include Human Umbilical Cord Tissue (HUCT) allograft injections, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), chiropractic, home exercise coaching, nutritional supplements and dietary guidelines. Our Bozeman location offers additional pain management options including various ozone and light therapies. Call (406) 551-1787 today and mention this article to receive the discounted $49 consultation. 

2023-02-28T16:33:03-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair

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!

2023-02-01T13:38:27-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

My Story

Jennifer Carter
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

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!

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2022-10-29T10:03:55-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Ed Nordby’s Testimonial

Ed Nordby
September – October 2022 • Vol 3, No 123

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.

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2022-10-13T11:27:18-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Rosemary Silzly’s Testimonial

Rosemary Silzly
July – August 2022 • Vol 3, No 122

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.

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2022-10-13T11:26:46-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Tracy Welter’s Testimonial

Tracy Welter
May – June 2022 • Vol 3, No 121

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.

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2022-10-13T11:26:06-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Mary Cremean’s Testimonial

Mary Cremean
March – April 2022 • Vol 3, No 120

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.

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2022-10-13T11:25:23-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Jennifer Carter

Jennifer Carter
Jan – Feb 2022 • Vol 3, No 119

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.

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2022-10-13T11:24:41-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Michael Howard’s Testimonial

Michael Howard
Nov – Dec 2021 • Vol 3, No 118

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.

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