Dr. Merrill Reuter

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lake Worth, FL
37 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
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.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Florida, Georgia, Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

124 Answers
87 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Needs checked: Could be just lymph node, but if tender and mobile, should be checked by medical professional.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
No: Cardiovascular recovery after exercise should occur within minutes not hours.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
? Another cause: Groin pain can be from back as well as hip. If doesn't improve may need to have additional evaluation.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Not really: stabilization of disc height comes with good healing recovery but not return of normal disc height.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Could be radiating or referred pain from diaphragm.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Ice and advil (ibuprofen): if not better in day or two may need to have it checked
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Hope it improves: You remembered enough of the story to ask the question. So much so you ran out of space to tell it. That sounds like improved memory.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
It is time to try: Keep head extended not flexed. Wean out of collar gradually.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Infected?: Sounds like you may have an early infection brewing from the skin tag removal. Probably should be checked.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Start with water: Try to increase water intake and maybe also fiber intake to get a more even consistency to your stool. If having regular bowel movements results in mi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Yes : Helps decrease risk of blood clots to lungs.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Should do a home pregnancy test.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Options : Depending upon any displacement there are a number of options for dealing with painful sacroiliac joints. If the joint is not displaced the pain can b... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Osteomyelitis?: Have your doctors ruled out spinal osteomyelitis as a cause of your fevers and pain?
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
No personal experience: It is my understanding that the procedures are relatively similar with some professionals preferring alt to a slight preference. As an orthopedic spin... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
POF?: May need to be seen for vaginal discharge and low back pain which could suggest pelvic infection.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Spondylosis: When spine joints are arthritic, they get bigger. This growth which is a body response to increased pressure encroaches on the spinal canal where the ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Typical: As we get older the cartilage thins making it less comfortable to kneel.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Could be bursitis: Could have some bursitis that is aggravated with bumping that may respond well to anti-inflammatories. If it does not then seeing a physician and gett... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Could be disc relate: Back and neck shoulder pain are often related especially if you have family history if back problems. Should check in with your pcp if things do not g... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Check for DVT: Calf swelling and pain after knee arthroscopy could be a deep venous thrombosis. If not getting better need to have it checked.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Viral illness: If persists rather than lessens, you should see a medical professional.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Try water: Try increasing fluids to reduce dehydration. Extension exercises for your back. And see your GYN for abnormal bleeding.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Surgical correction: Is best option when curvature is over 40 degrees and growth spur not complete.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Irritation: muscle or nerve. can be from spine. can be shingles. If OTC anti-inflammatories don't get rid of it, then may need to see medical professional
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Surgery if: not able to return to desired level of play by 3 months. Graft type best discussed with operating doctor we all have our preferences.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Could be your back: Back problems can cause toe and leg numbness and weakness. Should get this checked if not getting better.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Patellofemoral pain: Try VMO strengthening with short arc quad exercises and minimize depth of squats
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Could be ok: depends on the lab should ask doctor who ordered test
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Why do you use lax?: Do you use laxatives because of back pain? You may need to modify your diet to minimize constipation. Increase fiber and water, minimize cheese and pr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: You can definitely sustain injury to your back in the way you described. Worth getting it checked.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Not in small amount: may have some irritation, but should clear in a couple of hours
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
See Dr: Shooting pains down back from neck may mean nerve entrapment.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Rest: If it doesn't get better with rest then it should be looked at by a professional.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Sprain or inflammation: Try antiinflammatory for a few days. If getting worse rather than better need to get it checked.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
It varies: For some it is very quick and easy, for others may take longer. If you feel you are pregnant then you should do an early pregnancy test. If you feel y... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Topamax (topiramate): like lyrica (pregabalin) and neurotin, helps decrease nerve irritation
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly: If not feeling normal by this time, should get checked by doctor. They will most likely just observe you.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Better?: If better, likely a sprain if persists could be a number things including your back.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
A disc injury: Lower cervical and upper thoracic disc injury can be the cause.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Bone graft: consider bone graft to the area of non-union with craft harvested and then prepared from your own iliac crest bone marrow
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Common: bruising from shin initially spreads down to foot and ankle due to gravity. Should resolve in time. Try some elevation and ankle exercises. See doctor... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
May need x-ray: If not feeling better within a few hours of such an injury you probably need to be checked by a medical professional.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Unlikely: unless you can do something to lessen the acidity like adding almond milk or incorporating into a smoothie.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
YES: Yes, osteophytes can impinge on the esophagus and cause a lump in the throat feeling with swallowing
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Muscle or nerve: If no specific injury could be nerve or muscle irritation. If doesn't resolve then should see doctor
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Hypersensitivity : Could be inflammatory. Depends on if other changes like redness or swelling or blanching also occur.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 years experience
Not sure: If not worsening probably no big deal. But if worsening in any way, should get checked by pcp.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 37 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

2
Recommendations
130
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Reuter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Reuter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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)
HealthTap member
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
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less