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Dr. Kenneth Merriman

Orthopedic Surgery
Hastings, MI
48 years experience male

Locations

Office

Hastings, MI

Address

Hastings Orthopedic Clinic, PO Box 290, Hastings, MI
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My office hours

Wednesday: 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

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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

445 Answers
371 Agrees
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Calcium in cartilage: Chondrocalcinosis is calcium forming in the cartilage it is seen on xray as fuzzy density in the joint space it can be associated with pseudo gout.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Suprise suprise : You smashed you knee and now it hurts that is kind of to be expected maybe torn meniscus probably need to go get it checked out by an orthopedic... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Probably family doc: Discuss with your primary care doctor if she/he is not responsive then seek out someone with an interest in nutrition.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Many ways: Usually caused by over use in face of mild equinas defromity try walking backwards/ change workout activity/ wear a dorsiflexion nite splint /wrap ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Common complaint: This is a common complaint of people with early degenerative joint disease and/or internal derangements such as meniscal tears or chondromalacia keep... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Probably: What you relate is not uncommon please discuss with your surgeon.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Depends: Probably about 3 months or so.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: Some people can run forever without problems others not so much if the knee is good to begin with then running ok if not pick something with less ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Find a surgeon: You would need to see an orthopedic surgeon who would arrange this /you would need to be medically evaluated as to you general health and ability t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Tear of meniscus: Sounds like a torn meniscus probably medial if pain persists you will need to see an orthopedic surgeon.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Not really: Take vit d and be patient there is no magic road to a fast cure.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Yes and yes : But xrays and other tests can be very helpful.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Yes: Yes of course you need both but do not over do it.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Takes much time: Nitroglycerine rx for tendonopathy is something that i know little about when I have used it in the past and known of others that have used it gener... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: ? What treatment if you are worsening the please discuss with your treating doctor promptly.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Tigth muscles : The anxiety tightens up the muscles which causes most of the other symptoms/ also breathing to much or to little may contribute.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Good ?: Certainly prp is the new kid on the block and generally speaking there is not too much hard data out there but some is accumulating as to prolotherapy... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
D2 not so good : I do not recommend d2 supplementation it by rx only and at 50, 000 iu but it is less effective than d3 shoot for a d3 level of >50 <100 recommen... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Bit non specific : Yes it is for some people.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Yes: Should not be a problem.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
??: I would not know what to tell you about this but you may try to use otc melatonin and /or l-tryptophane before bed time to see if that might help... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Yes it could: Shoulder pain can radiate up into the neck sometimes.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
??: Why can't you take opoids(there are many different kinds) you need to discuss this with your surgeon asap.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Yes : Now you can add cervical to thoracic and lumbar.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
You do not: Only fix fro that is surgical.
A female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Individual: Each person is quite different in how they react to essentially all drugs.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Not scoliosis: Some sort of urinary tract problem maybe infection or spontaneous bleeding or a stone see a doctor promptly!
A male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
? osteoarthritis: This is a common issue may need a surgical option.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Perhaps you did: Most broken toes will heal uneventfully unless markedly displaced gently tape to an adjacent toe and be careful with it and all should go well if yo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Worrisome symptoms: Such symptoms could represent a "heart attack" it would be best to get this checked out by a doctor or emergency room very soon.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
No : They are both taking place in your foot but are not a directly connected problem good shoe fitting can help somewhat.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Maybe: But it could be many other things the best way to figure this out is to go see an orthopedic surgeon.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Not good: Sounds like maybe hit an artery / white hand with blue fingers sounds like impaired circulation to me go get this checked out immediately from the s... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
??: Hard to say from the info you present but such a presentation could be seen with gout.
A female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
??: Could be several possible problems you are rather young for most of the more common issues but such things do occasionally trouble teens you would b... 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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