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Dr. Robert McMurtrie

Pain Management
Wilmington, DE
24 years experience male

About

Bio

Robert McMurtrie, DO received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1998 after attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was elected to the Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Society. Dr. McMurtrie completed his internship at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and then three years of residency training in anesthesiology and a one year fellowship in pain medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During that time, he served as Chief Resident, received the Baxter, PPI award for Clinical Excellence in Anesthesiology and had several publications. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pain Management

Anesthesiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
7 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends: What area is subjected to the repetitive stress? May want to see a physician specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine or a physical therapis... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
SLOWLY: Depends on how long you have been taking the norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). For example, let's say you have been taking 4 pills per day for se... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
LOCAL ANESTHESIA: Usually, a surgeon will inject local anesthetic to numb the skin before making an incision for surgery so you have less pain. A pain pump contains loc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
ASK YOUR SURGEON: After a tonsillectomy, or any surgery, there is concern about bleeding. Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like advil, motrin, aleve, ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
YES: Constipation, tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, cognitive impairment, immunosuppression, opioid induced hyperalgesia, opioid induced endocrin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation w... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Yes, but....: Only if you haven't had chickenpox. Chicken pox is caused by the zaricella virus. It is the same virus that causes shingles. The virus stays in your s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are several treatment options available. While pain can certainly resolve on its own i... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: There can be several reasons for leg pain (even without back pain) including lumbar disc degeneration, muscle inflammation, facet joint arthritis/irri... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: There can be several reasons for back pain including lumbar disc degeneration, muscle inflammation/strain, facet joint arthritis/irritation, sacroilia... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Likely not shunt...: Pain in the back and down into the buttock and leg can come from lumbar discs with or without nerve impingement/irritation, facet joint irritation, sa... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
One or the other: Mobic (meloxicam) and Ibuprofen are designed to do the same thing - decrease inflammation. If you feel the need to take Ibuprofen twice a day in addit... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation w... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are several treatment options available. While pain can certainly resolve on its own i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: It is very common to have your symptoms without an injury. The inflammation needs to be treated aggressively which can help alleviate/sometimes elimin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for your pain. While it can certainly resolve on its own in sev... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Nothing good is free: Sorry. No easy answer here. Though your current activity may be limited with pain, exercise is a good remedy. But it does take a significant investmen... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
SEE A PAIN DOC: As mentioned by other physician postings, it could be a number of issues. The sooner you see a board certified pain physician, the sooner you will hav... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See your GYN: If both urine and blood tests are negative, it is very unlikely you are pregnant. I would suggest an abdominal ultrasound to look for any fluid collec... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends: A doctor/patient relationship is a two way street. The best you can do is be honest with your new doctor about the reason for your dismissal. Each doc... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See your doctor: Your complaints can only be assessed with a thorough history and physical examination. May be related to chondromalacia patella. Need to be checked an... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See hand specialist: There are doctors, usually orthopedists, who specialize in treating hands. They may be able to tell just by examination. An MRI will be able to look a... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends....: Usually a CT is done to see if there is localized spread of prostate cancer and a Bone Scan is done to see if there is wider spread. Treatment depends... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on f... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
EMG can be helpful: The femoral nerve is formed from L2, L3 and L4 nerves that come out of lumbar spine. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neurop... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See a pain doctor: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Med Dosages: 5mg is hydrocodone. 500mg is Acetaminophen or tylenol (acetaminophen).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
DEPENDS: It literally depends on the strength of the dose. It's like asking what weighs more - a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers? There are dosages ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
SLOWLY: It's good to make big goals, but they are also harder to reach. If you don't reach them you may get frustrated, lose focus and no longer want to make ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
SEE A PAIN DOC: A disc is bulging because it loses elasticity - like a waistband in your underwear. When it loses elasticity it no longer stays nice and tight and snu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
OPIOID PART: Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 has 300 mg of Acetaminophen and 30 mg of codeine. Norco will have 325 mg of Acetaminophen and there are three different lev... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Generally Prednisone isn't used as needed. It is usually prescribed in a tapering dose to decrease inflammation. There are no significant interactions... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Soon.....: Nerves in the outside of the foot and heel are usually related to S1 nerve. Nerves in top of foot to bigtoe are usually related to L5. Unfortunately,... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
YES!: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Unfortunately, yes.: Unlike wear and tear on knees, hips and shoulders, there are no adequate replacement parts for spines. Disc surgery only changes your spine but does n... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See physician ASAP: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Doctor, not creams: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Several weeks: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for your pain. While it can certainly resolve on its own in sev... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends: It really depends on your age, medical history and time under anesthesia. Common issues are dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, nausea, headache, ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
SEE A PAIN DOC: Back pain can come from a number of different issues - muscles, facet joints, disc degeneration/bulging, nerve irriation, stenosis or narrowing around... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
DEPENDS: Both Norco and lortab are composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. They both come in different formulations. Norco always have 325mg of Acetaminop... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
WEAN LORCET (hydrocodone and acetaminophen): The Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) needs to be slowly weaned over the course of weeks. Your body needs to become slowly adjusted to not havin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
COLACE (docusate sodium): I recommend to my patients colace (docusate) one every 12 hours. It's a stool softener that helps draw water into your colon to flush things along. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
YES: Sometimes the spinal stimulator lead and generator will be removed first. It depends on how you do with your intrathecal medicine trial. If you get ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Depends...: On the nerves that are irritated and the location of your pain. If pain is widespread all over legs and reaches your toes, a caudal epidural steroid ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Surgery not a fix: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a convenient term. Unfortunately, return of pain or new pain after spine surgery is common. As an anesthesiolog... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Chicken skin?: May be keratosis pilaris. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/definition/con-20025750 Should check with a dermato... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Nutrition?: At 25, you are done growing. Can very well be due to nutritional deficiency when you were younger and growing. Can also be due to hormonal abnormalit... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
We don't know: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22494315 The current recommendation in a patient with a neuromodulatory device for chronic pain is deactivation onc... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
See pain specialist: Your pain can come from a number of different reasons that can only be determined by a thorough history and physical examination. It may be musculoske... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. McMurtrie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. McMurtrie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for caring for patient. I have hern. Disc 4 months. My doc says suck it up. Will not do mri even. I was very active now not.
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Thanks for your quick reply! i consulted dr upendra devkota he suggests surgery this doc is best in neuro in nepal n world wide
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My blood work Also came in ok. Thanks for confirming I was in stress

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Residency

Crozer Chester Medical Center
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