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Dr. Blake Miller

Orthopedic Surgery
Grand Rapids, MI
14 years experience male

Locations

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

Address

4100 Lake Drive Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI
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About

Bio

I have completed residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in the Detroit Metro area and finished an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Rutgers' University Hospital in Newark, NJ. I have an interest in complex fracture surgery, pelvis and acetabular recontruction and malunion/nonunion treatment and surgery.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Licenses

United States: Michigan

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

251 Answers
60 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Knee pain: Sounds like patellofemoral (PF) syndrome. I'd see a physician to rule out if you have a potential meniscus tear or any other internal derangement, but... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Maybe: Depends on your injury. Many times weight-bearing films can be helpful, but not always necessary. There are subtle findings in non-weight-bearing film... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Follow-up: Hip dislocations associated with acetabular fractures are challenging injuries to treat. My assumption is that your surgeon still has you on weight-be... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Ulcerative Colitis: UC is an autoimmune disease and having UC doesn't always mean you need to have an ileostomy. You need to see a GI doctor and get on an anti-inflammato... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Not really: Therapy, injections and surgery are typically the options for back pain and disc disease.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Rotator cuff: Active-assisted and passive range of motion exercises are typically started at home at two weeks post-operatively. Six weeks is when formal physical t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Varus knee: There are two treatment options and they are based on the amount of arthritis you have. If you have congenital genu varum, with minimal or no arthriti... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Usually: Yes, usually orthopedic surgeons are referred to as orthopedists. There are non-operative orthopedists (for various reasons) that either did an orthop... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Osteophyte: Osteophyte is a fancy word for bone spur. Osteophytes are a result of abnormal mechanics. Osteophyte formation is an early sign of arthritic changes. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Yes: Yes. Fractures can be undetected for a few reasons. Stress fractures, poor images or bone bruises (trabecular fractures) can lead to negative x-rays.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Not necessarily: Meniscal displacement just means its not in its normal spot. There are several different patterns of meniscal tearing, but it doesn't necessarily mean... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Yes: With your age, yes, i think it is appropriate to have a revision reconstruction. Revision acl reconstruction can be complicated and can sometimes requ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Steroid: I think the steroid shot would give you faster relief in the si joint, i'm not too sure injecting the pubis would serve much benefit.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Metal allergy: It's pretty rare to be allergic to all metals. Skin testing for metal allergies is inconsistent and does not determine implantable metal allergies. Bl... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Adhesive Capsulitis: Sometimes a steroid shot helps, but frozen shoulders are difficult painful problems. You really have to be aggressive with pt. However, the natural hi... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Rheumatologist: Go see a rheumatologist. There are multiple other tests they can order to narrow it down (rheumatoid factor, anti-ccp, ana, esr, crp, etc.).
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Carbs: To be truly ketogenic, that requires less than 50-60g of carbs per day and less than 1.2-1.5 g/kg/day of protein. Nutritional ketosis will decrease ca... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Yes: Pain in your elbow is normal after a fracture. If the pain extends into the wrist and hand and is worse with passive and active motion in the fingers ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Rheumatological work: I'd see your doctor and ask about a rheumatological work-up. The sooner, the better.
A female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Knee pain: Knee pain in females, particularly anterior knee pain is a nebulous problem. Commonly this is due to an increased q-angle. The angle from the anatomic... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Not likely: Probably rotator cuff impingement. Rotator cuff strengthening exercises would be helpful before your workout.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Yoga poses: I'd avoid poses that aggregate the knee too much. If the pose hurts, don't do it. It's hard to give too detailed information, i'm not sure exactly wha... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Pain control: I usually tell my patients to take aleve daily, one in the morning, one at night and supplement with tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed. If you feel th... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
No: Your vertebrae are likely not dislocated as this is a result of high-energy trauma and requires surgery for reduction and stabilization. You likely ha... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
It's possible: But the iliolumbar ligament endures little stress compared to the quadratus lumborum and iliopsoas muscles that are in that are. An MRI would show inf... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
No: Osteoathritis can irritate periarticular tendons, but osteoarthritis doesn't target tendons directly. Rheumatoid arthritis or other rheumatologic dise... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
MRI: An arthrogram for the knee is not commonly ordered and not extremely accurate in evaluating intra-articular pathology. Mri's provide much better detai... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Autograft: I believe hamstring autograft is an excellent option for this age group. Very low failure rates, no incidence of disease transmission and excellent st... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Triggering: Sounds like you have what's called a trigger finger. Make sure you're moving your fingers a lot to prevent complex regional pain syndrome (aka reflex ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Bone inflammation?: Like periostitis? Vitamin d plays a significant role in bony and calcium metabolism, but not in "bone inflammation" or periostitis.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Variable: There is no specific length for your coccyx (or tailbone). There are many variations with abnormal fusions and failure of segmentation segments. There... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Possible: Abnormal lower extremity biomechanics can alter function in other joints. I think they are likely isolated, but it's impossible to link the two. The p... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Possibly: Possibly, but you're only two weeks out. I'd give it for to six weeks four you to get considerable recovery. Your scars will be very sore for some tim... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Tenolysis: Potentially this is due to scarring around the tendon. May require either another procedure called an open tenolysis or potentially an injection with ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Not long: The occupational therapist with take a mold of your wrist, then they can either make there in the office or send it out to be made. Probably no longer... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Yes: It is possible to have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I'd see a rheumatologist for evaluation.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Only a small subset: I watched the video and it's a hybrid procedure between a microfracture surgery and a modified osteochondral autograft procedure. Both of these proced... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and s... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Depends: There is a spectrum of disease when it comes to achilles tendinitis/tendinosis. An MRI can identify if it is achilles' tendon disease vs. Inflammation... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Surgery: On a continuum of procedures, an ulnar-shortening osteotomy is not very technically challenging and recovery is usually benign. However, it is surgery... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Hard to tell: It's really hard to tell because the pelvis has three axes of motion and can rotate and translate on these axes. Malunions of a pelvis can be problema... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
No: Bowing of your legs is due, most likely, to arthritis, not to the gastric surgery. Increased weight can cause increased joint wear and changes in your... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Mortality TKR: This is certainly a complication of any surgery. It will be necessary to get medical clearance by your primary doctor and/or pulmonologist or cardiolo... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
A couple options: If no pain, nothing. Live with the a symptomatic nonunion. If it's bothersome, and confirmed that the pain is not from another source, then they can e... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Instability: Typically the sensation you are feeling is a result of flexion or midflexion instability. This can reduce your range of motion; since you're unstable ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
They can: Yes, depending on the soft-tissue density, some chordomas create a shadowing effect and would indicate that a more eloborate imaging study is necessar... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Not osteoarthritis: No, osteoarthritis does not increase your fracture risk. People with rheumatoid arthritis may have an increase in fracture risk secondary to the treat... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
?: I'm not sure what you're asking. Orthopedics, including total joint replacement is a team approach. It requires nurses, doctors, therapists, etc. For ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Difficult to tell: Sometimes it's difficult to differentiate. Occasionally burning with urination or blood in the urine will give you a clue. A urinalysis can help diffe... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Miller is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Miller is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Only problem is my left leg keeps breaking n ortho refuses to fix meniscus or debride both knees before tear I was walking wit crutches fine
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Wheelchair is because I can't full weightbear on left leg n right leg has meniscus tear with arthritis leaving me unable to weightbear
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I decided to go to mtg gp after i read your reasons. Im now in a cast and have an appointment at the fracture clinic next Tuesday. Thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Des Moines University
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

St John Providence Health System

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Royal Oak, MI - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, Michigan - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Royal Oak Region, MI - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AO North America
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
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