Who Is the Best Orthopedic Surgeon Near Me in Merritt Island, FL?


If you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain, you may be asking yourself: where can I find the best orthopedic surgeon near me? Look no further than Integrity Spine and Orthopedics. We provide multiple services to treat a wide range of spine and joint conditions. 


Our Merritt Island, FL, clinic is led by Mark Willits, M.D., a skilled orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures. Keep reading to get to know Dr. Willits and learn when it’s time to call an orthopedic specialist.   

Meet Mark Willits, M.D.

Dr. Mark Willits is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric and adult orthopedic surgeon. He’s based out of the Integrity Spine and Orthopedics Merritt Island, FL, clinic. Dr. Willits specializes in endoscopic spine surgeries and interventional pain management. He is one of only 3 surgeons in the United States who performs cervical endoscopic procedures. 


Dr. Willits brings extensive experience to his role at Integrity Spine and Orthopedics. After completing a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at a Level I trauma center, he served for 4 years as the director of pediatric orthopedic surgery at a children’s hospital in Tulsa, OK. Additionally, he spent 9 years serving as a Lieutenant Commander for the Fleet Naval Medical Unit. 


At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, Dr. Willits strives to use the latest medical advances in medicine, orthopedic care and minimally invasive spine surgeries to restore his patients to a life free from pain. He upholds the highest standards of care for every patient who walks through the door of his clinic. He performs interventional pain management procedures and he offers patients conscious sedation if they’re worried about needles but want to be sedated during their procedure. Keep reading to learn when it’s time to make an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon.  

What Does an Orthopedic Surgeon Do?

Orthopedic surgeons have the training and experience to diagnose and treat all musculoskeletal injuries, diseases and infections. Your musculoskeletal system is made up of the bones of the skeleton and all connective and supportive structures — muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. As a whole, the musculoskeletal system supports, stabilizes and enables movement of the skeleton.


Some of the most common reasons patients visit an orthopedist are for back and neck pain, sports injuries (like sprains, strains and tears), joint pain and arthritis, fractures, traumatic injuries, spinal deformities or spinal damage. Because we rely on the musculoskeletal system for movement, orthopedic injuries can cause significant pain and loss of mobility. And because the musculoskeletal system is connected, injury or damage in one area of the body may cause pain and symptoms in multiple places.


An orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Willits uses non-surgical and surgical treatment methods to find and treat the source of your pain, improve your strength and mobility, and get you back to doing the activities you love as soon as possible.     

When Do I Need to See an Orthopedist?

You should consider seeing an orthopedist for any muscle, joint or bone pain, whether acute or chronic. Trying to push through the pain or cope on your own may worsen injuries and require a longer recovery period. If any of the following applies to you, call Integrity Spine and Orthopedics to make an appointment with Dr. Willits today:


  • You’re having difficulty performing simple daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, personal care, or carrying grocery bags due to pain


  • You’re experiencing persistent pain, stiffness, weakness or discomfort that’s lasted longer than 12 weeks or several months


  • You’re experiencing a loss of joint range of motion or mobility


  • You feel unsteady or unstable while walking, standing, sitting down or standing up


  • You’ve experienced an acute injury from a fall, car accident, sports accident or other incident that isn’t improving after 48 hours


  • You’ve received a bone, joint or muscle diagnosis, but you want a second opinion before you decide on treatment — we offer free MRI reviews to qualified patients

Will I Need Surgery?

Not all musculoskeletal injuries require surgical treatment. Many people are under the misconception that an orthopedic surgeon only performs surgical procedures, but that’s not true. Conservative measures are usually the first course of action your doctor will recommend to treat or manage orthopedic injuries and conditions. You may be prescribed medications, pain-relieving injections, assistive devices, activity modifications and physical therapy to help reduce pain, increase functionality, and strengthen weak muscles and joints.


Surgery is an option in the following cases:


  • Conservative treatments are insufficient to manage your pain
  • Range of motion and mobility aren’t improving after physical therapy 
  • You’re experiencing progressive pain, weakness, and instability
  • Pain is affecting your ability to function and perform daily activities 


Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor will discuss all your surgical options with you and the risks and benefits of each.


At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, our surgeons specialize in performing minimally invasive spine surgeries. Dr. Willits treats conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, bone spurs and scoliosis. These conditions often cause significant pain, loss of mobility and debility. Minimally invasive techniques can stabilize the spine, reduce painful pressure and repair spinal damage that’s compressing nearby nerves and causing pain. Compared to traditional surgeries, minimally invasive procedures have fewer risks, a lower infection rate and a shorter recovery period. Many of Dr. Willits’ patients are back to doing their normal activities within a few weeks of surgery.   

Where Is the Best Orthopedic Surgeon Near Me?

At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics in Merritt Island, FL, our team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide range of acute and chronic back, spine and joint conditions. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain, weakness, or a loss of mobility, contact us to schedule a consultation with our team.


Call us at 321-275-1500 or contact us online to request an appointment. 

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