Dr. Kenneth Merriman

Orthopedic Surgery
Hastings, MI
49 years experience male

Locations

Office

Hastings, MI

Address

Hastings Orthopedic Clinic, PO Box 290, Hastings, MI
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Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Hastings Orthopedic Clinic

Hastings, MI

About

Bio

I am a 64+ year old general orthopedist in practice in the same small city for ~35 years 2 grown daughters and 1 wife who is an exercise instructor ( usually after me to be better about it) and 2 grand daughters Finley almost 3 and Audrey who will be 6 next week As far as practice I do a moderate number of total joints (hips and knees with occasional shoulder) and wht ever else that comes along that I feel is within my abilities it is really the general practice of orthopedics i have a significant interest in vitamin D metabolism / biologic orthopedics( meaning platlet rich plasma use and the growing potential for auto derived stem cells) / nonunions and complex fractures / foot and ankle surgery/ geriatric orthopedics osteoporosis For the last 25 years or so I have done some "ring doctoring" for amateur MMA (mixed martial arts) some of you might know it as cage fighting or no holds bared fighting I did some Judo many years ago which is where my interest comes from. With all the fun changes facing the practice of medicine and orthopedics I keep thinking of chucking it in and retiring BUT I still really like dealing with patients on a day to day basis and find most of the problem solving part of it to be a good and interesting challenge so for now I WILL KEEP AT IT

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

445 Answers
371 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Probably not: I doubt that it would help much might try some otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate).
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes : In it's more severe stated there is retardation of growth therefore dwarfism would be seen.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Also vit D: Optimize vit d level to >50 ng/ml.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
? osteoarthritis: Oa at the base of the thumbs is pretty common and at 60 and female this would be even more common sometimes it quite subtle on the xrays ask for... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Olecranon: The tip of the elbow is the olecranon and if the pain is right there it could be an olecranon bursa some of these can be seroius if they get infected... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
? osteoarthritis: This is a common issue may need a surgical option.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: Why can't you take opoids(there are many different kinds) you need to discuss this with your surgeon asap.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes : Now you can add cervical to thoracic and lumbar.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: I would doubt that doxicycline is the cuase of the leg cramps recently though doxicycline which for years has been a very inexpensive generic drug... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Back pain/ sciatica: Sounds like mostly low back pain from early arthritis or a disc problem with nerve irritation see a doctor about it.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: By micro fracture do you mean a "micro fracture arthroplasty " if so you are pretty young for such things but it is not unheard of unfortunately by... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Maybe: ? What treatment if you are worsening the please discuss with your treating doctor promptly.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Sorry : Generally speaking these types of problems are a lifetime thing and require a certain level of medical attention certainly the level of symptoms wi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Ask your surgeon: This would be up to your surgeon to discuss with you.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Low back strain : Or maybe even a ruptured disc might need to see a doctor soon esp if the symptoms do not clear soon.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Not that likely: Dislocated elbow in an eight year old is very uncommon but not unheard of /dislocation of the elbow is a very serious injury tip of the elbow is the... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Chondromalacia: Damage under the knee cap can cause this sometimes arthroscopic surgery can be helpful for those types of problems most joint problems seem to ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Bit non specific : Yes it is for some people.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
No smoking: Smoking slows healing take vit d ~ 1000 iu per each 25# body wt per day and do as you are told by your surgeon elevate the arm most of the t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Xray : If it looks really crooked then it is probably broken to be sure an xray is a good thing some fractures can be quite subtle and xray does not alwa... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: That is a good question with out a good answer i doubt that there is any good "evidence based" studies to support that treatment or any particu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Nothing : At 46 years old the game is over you are as tall as you are going to get and that has been true for about the last 29-30 years in your case sorry ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes it could be: Walk fast instead and go see a doctor if you are concerned.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Depends: Depends on what type of diabetes you have you are only 20 so pretty young if type i ( Insulin dependent or also called juvenile onset) the answer... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes : The most common would be osteoarthritis.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Torn meniscus: Could be a torn medial meniscus probably should get it checked out.
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A female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
?: Stress fractures take a long time to heal and never in 2 weeks so why did it happen? Get your vit d level checked.
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
?: There is no specific # but bmi over 40 or certainly over 50 makes it a great deal harder to do also risk tends to go up with increased weight.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Irritation : This is the bodies way of trying (unsuccessfully 0 to deal with the irritation of one kind or another in the joint.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes it is ok: No problem with some stretching moving injured parts wisely is very good using them hard is very bad.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: If you mean "why do I wake up with tingling fingers" that is most probably carpal tunnel syndrome beyond that I do not have an answer.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Yes of course you need both but do not over do it.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Chondromalacia: This means soft cartilage it is really an early degenerative change on the under surface of the patella and is frequently associated with pain walki... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
??: What is a slight bone overgrowth / we might call this a bone spur if this is the case then the problem is probably osteoarthritis she should see an... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Where do you live?: 100iu/25# body wt is the rule of thumb formula i usually use so that is ~14, 000iu/day but since you are so low i would just say 20, 000/day and re... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Not good: That is kind of unusual how did this happen? Unlikely to get better on it's own unfortunately I am not so sure any treatment will help either.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Not that likely: I think you are putting too much faith in MRI scans while they are certainly helpful in many cases there are certainly things that are not seen at a... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
?what kind of bite: You should seek medical attention immediately if it is a human bite it is potentially worse but what you relate sounds like a serious infection and t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Wait : Wait for it to get better they sell blow up seating donuts at the drug store use one to sit on to relieve pressure when sitting.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
?: If it works at all the duration of result is highly variable.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Probably: What you relate is not uncommon please discuss with your surgeon.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Sure it could : This type of pain is not unusual for many types of knee problems including torn meniscus.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes and yes : But xrays and other tests can be very helpful.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Not really: Take vit d and be patient there is no magic road to a fast cure.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
? ibugesic: Not sure what ibugesic is but probably Ibuprofen mixed with something else your symptoms sound pretty benign may continue with some ibufrofen try ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
? liposuction: I don't know of any other targeted options for what you are looking to do.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or otc Ibuprofen if that does not work see a doctor.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Tear of meniscus: Sounds like a torn meniscus probably medial if pain persists you will need to see an orthopedic surgeon.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Many things: Kind of nonspecific but could be a inched nerve in back or knee arthritis with distally radiating pain if it persists please go see a doctor.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
? MRI: Mri might be useful but not for sure and they are expensive not all surgeries lead to a marked reduction in pain / were their other issues in the ... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Merriman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Merriman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Well I'm seeing its in one part of my body then the next assuming it may be stress pain since I dont think i have 20 blood clots haha
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Thanks for your quick reply! I dont have health insurance to follow up with my doctor. But i checked with him once and he said the other option we could try is p. therap
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Thanks for your quick reply! Ya i have seen an ortho doctor but is it safe to take weight gaining capsules as i m having AVN. Dr also suggested surgery for hip replaceme

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1974MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Grand Rapids, MI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Grand Rapids, MI - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Grand Rapids, MI - Winter
2013
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