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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

2020 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, FL
(352) 404-6959

Dr. Margarita Correa is a pain medicine and pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist in Clermont, FL and Orlando, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with South Lake Hospital and Florida Hospital. Dr. Correa attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Correa takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

1925 Don Wickham Drive
Clermont, FL
(352) 242-2826

Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Care & Pain Management

Dr. Javier Placer practices spinal cord injury medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of pain management and spine problems. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Placer is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Placer is affiliated with Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, South Lake Hospital, and Adventist Health System.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

1925 Don Wickham Drive
Clermont, FL
(352) 243-9700

Dr. Brian Patterson specializes in family medicine and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and practices in Clermont, FL. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

1715 E Highway 50; Suite A Building 3
Clermont, FL
(352) 404-6959

Dr. Gualberto Oquendo-Roman is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Oquendo-Roman studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is not one that many people are immediately familiar with, yet it is one that serves thousands of people every year. Also known as Physiatry, it is sometimes simply referred to as Rehabilitation or Rehab. This specialty focuses on restoring quality of life for patients who are experiencing physical pain or loss of function after a traumatic illness or injury. After major surgery, a car accident, a long illness such as cancer, or a major change to the body (such as the loss of a limb), it is the PM&R physicians who help patients begin to feel better and put the pieces of their life back together again.

PM&R physicians work with patients who have been disabled by pain or the loss of motion or cognition, and they find ways to restore function. They may consult with other physicians such as neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, or psychiatrists. PM&R specialists treat the whole person, not specific symptoms or illnesses, and their goal is to help patients lead active and able lives.

One example of services performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician is teaching a patient who just had a leg amputated how to get around the house, use the bathroom, bathe, and care for themselves. A different example might be helping a patient learn how to walk again after a traumatic brain injury. Because there are so many different causes of pain and disability, the list of services provided by PM&R physicians is nearly endless. Generally, services that are provided by a PM&R specialist can fall into one of the following care categories:
  • Self-care skills (bathing, grooming)
  • Physical care (feeding, taking medication)
  • Mobility
  • Respiratory care (ventilator care, exercises for lung function)
  • Communication
  • Cognitive skills (memory, problem solving)
  • Vocational training
  • Pain management
  • Psychological counseling (adapting to a disability)

Because there are so many options, it can be a very creative specialty. When accidents, pain, or illness cause disability, it is the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists who are there to give patients their life back.

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