Ratings for Dr. P. Merrill White
It was worth the wait. I had fallen and hurt my back. It was painful but getting less so every day. Dr. White basically took the necessary x-rays and MRI to confirm my situation and that I was pursuing the proper recovery path. Sometimes simply knowing is worth everything. I was very happy to see such a qualified and experienced MD.
I had gone in with an open mind, due to the reviews I read, but it went down hill after he finally came in, no hand shake. It took him a long time to finally come in and see me, no "sorry" I am running a tad late. When he finally sat down and started talking I could barely hear him and he hardly ever looked at me. He didn't seem like he cared, just do this, do that and he asked me "what do you want from me?", well some bedside manner would be very nice, some eye contact would be nice as well. He asked if I had any questions, that was the high point in regards to his demeanor. I have been to see many physicians in my life and half of them have been very good, but he was not one of them, no sense of humor, which most of would like when visiting a medical doctor, it would be a plus. The staff on the other hand were nice and friendly. No recommendations from me.
Well, against my better judgment, the nursing home/rehab sent my 90 year old grandma to this guy again today. We've had this appointment for weeks. Mom and I both take the day off from work and upon arrival 15 minutes early, we were told the appt was cancelled. That there was an emergency surgery but no one had bothered to call and tell anybody. However it's an exceptionally beautiful day so I am not that surprised. Hope the golfing was successful. Never going to reschedule with this horrifically rude group
My 90 year old grandmother was referred to this guy by her primary physician after MRI. They sent her to physical therapy and she was able to do some of it. She was then told to come back in for follow up, which was yesterday. She has had this appt for weeks. She and my mother get there 15 minutes early and were left in the waiting area over two hours. Mom and grandma say that when this dr finally came in, he was rude and unapologetic for the huge wait time. He said he could send her for ANOTHER Mri and a dr he knows could do a double hip replacement or yet another dr who could do cortisone injections. They asked why they could not do the injections there or get refill of tramadol. Dr told them to just go back to primary physician. Huge waste of time and energy -rude staff and Doctor. We were very disappointed in service. Grandma said she is done with it and will just live with pain and Tylenol I sending her to another group. Don't subject your loved ones to rude uncaring medical folks
From what I could tell he's a decent doctor. The main problem with these spine doctors is that they mainly focus on the discs and little attention is paid to the ligaments and surrounding soft tissues. After doing a lot of research over the Internet I found out that a lot of these soft tissue injuries don't show up on MRIs. I was offered surgery which I knew wouldn't fix my problem since my problem began after receiving a steroid injection in which I blew out both my calf and lower back within a week of having that steroid called kenalog injected into me for a skin condition. After doing research and rejecting surgery I had both PRP and prolotherapy injections to help rebuild the ligament that blew out. From my experience the best guy who does this is in Nashville and his business is called prolotherapy Nashville. Look it up online. It's the natural way to cure things. Avoid these toxic drugs they try to inject you with.
After being seen by countless doctors and nurses over the years, I have finally found the doctor who finally epitomizes poor bed side manner. He raised his voice to me, because the pain had subsided and I didn't give him a percentage that it had. I tried to explain to him some of the history of my injury, but alas he didn't care. I felt as though I was wasting his precious time. Tried to get an appointment at the TOC physical therapy center and was given almost a week before the first available appointment. So now I am still in a good amount of pain, with no relief. The only thing that was missing from the appointment was being told to drink water, because he did say all I needed was some Motrin. Those that are saying he was great, well you must have caught him on the right day.
I must admit I was some what apprehensive about seeing Dr. White after reading the previous negative reviews of Dr. White. After my appointment with Dr. White I DO NOT understand, or agree with any of the negative reviews. I found Dr. White to be very professional, soft spoken, very concerned about my spinal condition. He spent 30 minutes with me one-on-one explaining my options based on his findings of my x-rays, MRIs and his physical examination of me. After our discussion we decided on alternatives to surgery at this time. I was very pleased with my whole experience with Dr. White and his staff.
I agree with most people leaving comments. Dr. White was very rude and really didn't explain much. I had x-rays and an MRI. He stated that everything was normal looking and the only thing to do is continue my home exercises that I learned from physical therapy. I asked him for some pain medicine and muscle relaxers as I can barely move, but he said that he does not treat people that way. I also got copies of my reports and there are things in his reports that he did not even have me do! To me that is falsifying records! I wouldn't reccomend Dr. White to anyone I know!! His staff was not very friendly or helpful. And those questionaires EVERY time you go is ridiculous!! I want to know why Dr. White says there is nothing wrong but I am in constant pain in my lower back! That is not "Normal". Worst doctor in TN that I have ever seen!
Other posts use terms like "hateful" or "rude" to discribe bedside manner. Not one person says "he botched my surgery." Pain will make you very anxious going through the process (PA, therapy). That said, I have had only good experices with Dr. White. But if I did have to choose, I'd take a hateful good surgeon over a nice poor one any day.
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