Justin Kruer joined our practice at Missoula Bone & Joint in August 2019. His wife grew up in Missoula and inspired his family of 6 to move closer to her family here in Missoula. Our community is so fortunate that she did. His experience and compassionate care has enhanced the lives of many patients already. Click here to read what patients are saying
Dr. Kruer is fellowship trained and board certified in pain medicine with 12 years of experience helping patients with pain management. Dr. Kruer is an interventionalist focusing on spine and nerve procedures.
In his clinic he evaluates, diagnoses, and treats all different types of pain effecting the bones, muscles, and joints. Pain management helps a patient alleviate or manage their chronic or acute pain without surgery, using specialized interventional techniques, including injections and radiotherapy.
Why did you choose a career in medicine/orthopedics?
I work in an orthopedic office but I am not an orthopedic doctor. My specialty is anesthesia and pain medicine. Coming out of college, I did not know what I wanted to become. I initially went to Law School for about two months before realizing that wasn’t for me (during the OJ Simpson trial of all times). I was always enamored with the sciences so I started medical school in Louisville, KY in 1997. Coming out of medical school in 2001, I was again a little confused with my career direction and initially started an Internal Medicine residency for two years. My wife and I had twin sons, so I had a change of heart and decided to pursue Anesthesia. I completed this residency and decided that my most rewarding times in residency were doing epidurals for pregnant patients who were in 10 out of 10 pain. At this time I thought “I wish I had an opportunity to take people out of pain full time” and then I found Pain Medicine. I completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine and I have devoted my life to taking people out of pain and improving their quality of life for the past 12 years. I enjoy working with the orthopedists with the common goal of getting patients back to work and play.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy golfing, being active outdoors, fishing, classic cars, coaching kids’ sports, watching Notre Dame football.
What is on your bucket list?
To see my kids grow into great parents and people, to witness the Cincinnati Bengals win a playoff game, the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series, and Notre Dame win a National Championship (none have happened since I was in high school).
Tell us something about your family or childhood?
I grew up in Edgewood, KY which is close to Cincinnati, OH. I am used to deciduous trees, high humidity, a lot of rain, no mountains and rare snow. I miss the days when we only had 5 channels on the TV, kids went outside to have fun, and we only had one phone line per household – does this make me old?
What was your first job?
I worked at a golf course (Summit Hills Country Club) between my sophomore and junior years of high school. I also worked at Ms.Classic Car Wash.
Who do you look up to?
My parents; anybody with integrity or who stands up for what they believe in.
What are your favorite movies?
Comedy (Tommy Boy, Vacation, Airplane, Monty Python); Serious (Saving Private Ryan, Rudy, Jaws); Animated (Lion King).
What is your most memorable adventure/moment?
In Santa Fe, NM after college I spent two years volunteering as dorm moderator, baseball coach, art teacher at a Native American High School (St. Catherine’s).
Any other fun facts?
I met my wife (who is a native Missoulian) in college at Notre Dame. I have spent the last 12 years practicing pain medicine in the Cincinnati area with some of the best people in the world and have met some of the most memorable of patients. I will miss my patients, staff, family, friends and home, but I look forward to a new adventure in the Big Sky of Montana.