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Dr. Merrill Reuter

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lake Worth, FL
35 years experience male

Locations

Spine Orthopaedics

Lake Worth, FL

Address

7138 Lake Worth Rd, Suite C, Lake Worth, FL
Directions

Fax

(561) 899-0460

About

Bio

Dr. Merrill W. Reuter is a Neuro-Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon that specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Reuter received his Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1982. In 1986 Dr. Reuter earned his medical degree from Brown University Program in Medicine and his Master's degree in Biomaterials from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Reuter received his orthopaedic residency training at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, graduating in 1991. After his residency, Dr. Reuter pursued his first fellowship in Surgery of the Foot and Ankle at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas and his second fellowship in Spinal and Reconstructive Surgery at the Spinal Associates of North Central Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Florida, Georgia, Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

165 Answers
119 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Try more activity: Maybe not getting enough exercise. Also may have female problem that should be checked by gyn regarding no menses.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
A number of things: If persists or recurs need to see doctor.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
MRI : Sounds like it could be disc herniation or neuroforeamenal encroachment.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
ESI might help: Lumbar radiculopathy is common following disc injury and other kinds of spinal stenosis. These often respond to epidural injections.
A male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid it: Though it helps diminish synovitis in the operative setting, steroids low soft tissue and bone healing and increase risk of infection.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Likely nerve related: if no problems in past few years, not likely from fracture. Could be neuroma.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Could be hernia: Sometimes the small intestines can herniate in your side similar to your groin. If persists, should get it looked at by your doctor.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If weakness or pain progresses, it can often be minimized by surgery.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Gastritis: Some viral infections can give whole body ache nausea and gastrointestinal symptoms. If lots of fluids does not help your symptoms over the next day o... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Less likely: With retroversion of the upper aspect of the femur the piriformis is relaxed during routine ambulation and therefore there is less chance for irritati... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: Depending upon where the pain is it could simply be some mild arthritis either where the rib cage joins the spine or the small joints of the spine. It... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Don't overdue: If what you're describing is a tramatic tibial fracture in an otherwise healthy adult below the age of 50 without known osteoporosis then it is import... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Neck pain?: May need cervical mri. If headache, need brain MRI as well.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Consider wgt sx: Would you consider gastric procedure to try to loose weight and lessen knee strain. Then could consider knee arthroscopy with platelet rich plasma or ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If instability or pain recurs, should check in with your surgeon.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Pain with walking ?: 2 kg seems relatively light. If you get chest symptoms with fast walking or prolonged walking then this would be consistent with cardiac nature. If no... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Hypersensitivity : Could be inflammatory. Depends on if other changes like redness or swelling or blanching also occur.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Not sure: If not worsening probably no big deal. But if worsening in any way, should get checked by pcp.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Chronic progressive cervical trauma can lead to debilitating deficits. Should try to enjoy each other without injury.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Non impact exercise: Swimming walking bicycle with seat back. Focus on spine extension stretching and strengthening, avoid flexion.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
See your doctor: Could be hemorrhoid or something higher in your colon.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: The codeine is addictive.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
See a rheumatologist: In the meantime focus on extension exercises and avoid traumatic injury.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Likely disc injury: Should have it checked, especially if not getting better.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Could be: growing pains, could also be something like infection or mass, should get checked if persisting
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Lots: could be inflammation like temporal arteritis so if persists despite antiflammatories should get checked
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Be careful. If you feel weak or dizzy increase calories.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Keep clean: Use triple antibiotic ointment. If redness increases rather than improves see doctor
A female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Sounds muscular: If worsening rather than improving, need to see medical professional
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Referred pain: Esophagus stomach and diaphragm irritation can give referred symptoms to shoulders
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Not normal: Your symptoms could be indicative of nerve entrapment. If they persist you should have them checked.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Lower down ?: could be from mid or low back area. Consider mri of those areas?
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Yes but: If your symptoms are gone then you simply focus on VMO vastus medialis obliqus strengthening using short arc quad exercises.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Like knuckles crack: the spine has small joints called facet joints that make noise when they move to an extreme similar to cracking your knuckles. Some say this is good a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: If the symptoms resolve within a few minutes, then they may simply be related to your sleep position. If so, you should see your doctor. If symptoms n... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Non impact: non impact exercise that keeps you breathing fairly deep but not too rapid and not hunched over should be helpful.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Need MRI: disc injuries and other types of spine abnormality can cause nerve problems into your leg. it is certainly reasonable to get this checked.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: If you feel good without residual aches or pains and you do extension spinal stretching, no problem.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Nerve related: if you do not have any sores on your toe and it is most likely nerve irritation this could be from local nerve irritation or possibly a neuroma or eve... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Improving: You can try to add OTC anti-inflammatories. Sounds like things are getting better.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Checkup: Sounds like you should have an annual checkup to make sure that your RA is satisfactorily managed.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Size of curve: Is important to determining best treatment to minimize symptoms. If your curve is small, then extension exercises can help. Also, painful scoliosis sh... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Not clear: weird symptoms, should have medical professional check you out. Could be atypical infection.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Referred pain: sounds related to esophagus, stomach or diaphragm. may need upper endoscopy.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Warm and cold soaks: Rub hands with aloe. Can also try antiinflammatory either in gel or oral.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Rheumatology: Sounds like a rheumatic flare. Can try OTC anti-inflammatories, but if still having symptoms, should see medical professional.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
? related: Neck pain and headaches are common. So are skin lesions, like pimples, on scalp. Infection can be a common cause. You might have fever, shooting pain ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Pain can improve: Symptoms can certainly get better even if the spurs don't go away. Disc bulges can improve however.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
Drink more at night: Could just be dehydrating over the night. If increased bedtime fluid doesn't fix bleeding, then need to see doctor.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Reuter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Reuter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you that's what I thought that LSI or cortisone injections would give me the most relief. I need a physician that will agree to administer. I can't handle oral med...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Well, I've had countless blood tests,x-rays, CT scans, MRI/ MRA's,L.P's-Never a mention of such/reason for fevers(approx.3x's p.wk for 3yrs)
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thankyou I was told take it straight off I'm just very fearful something might go wrong even though its healed

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, RI
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

university of texas MEDICAL BRANCH GAL

Awards

Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon , Third Place, Florida - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, First Place, Florida - Spring
2017
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

AAOS
ABOS
American College Of Surgeons - FACS
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