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SiG MT 100 TO YOUR HEALTH Dr.Keith Bortman, Benefis Orthopedic Surgeon ollowing a long and cold winter, many of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer days and more outdoor activities. Are your hips and knees ready to spring into action, or will your aches and pains prevent you from enjoying your favorite summer activities? ere are many treatment options available to reduce your pain and help you stay active and achieve your goals this summer. Diet and exercise are key components in keeping your joints healthy. However, even with a healthy diet, one-third of Americans will experience hip or knee pain at some point in their life. If you are experiencing joint pain, a comprehensive examination can assist in discovering the source of your pain. Following the examination, which may include diagnostic imaging, your care team will review the results with you and develop a personalized treatment plan. Physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, ice or heat, and injections are common methods used to provide relief in the initial stages of treatment for the most common issues involving hips and knees. If traditional treatment methods do not provide the results you desire, surgery may be your best option. Surgical intervention is sometimes needed to restore optimal mobility and function of the painful joint. In the event that surgery is required to achieve lasting relief, the physician and staff will guide you through the entire process, from scheduling and pre-surgical education, to the post-surgical recovery phase. Technology is continually evolving to provide quality outcomes for patients requiring surgical intervention. Procedures that once required a hospital stay can now be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you are able to go home the same day of your surgery. Don't let aches and pains keep you from enjoying the beautiful Montana summer. Whatever the degree of your ailment, the Benefis Orthopedic Center of Montana can provide personalized care to help reduce your pain. Our team of orthopedic surgeons has over 200 years of combined experience and includes specialists in total hip, knee, and shoulder replacements; sports medicine; hand and upper extremity; podiatry; and spine and trauma surgery. Referrals are not required. Appointments can be tailored to fit your schedule. For more information, call the Benefis Orthopedic Center of Montana at (406) 455-3650. Dr. Keith Bortnem is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. When not at work, Dr. Bortnem enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and watching college football and NASCAR. Are Your Joints Ready for Summer? F S MT

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