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We found 4 pain specialists who accept Humana Gold HMO near Ocala, FL.

Mr. Daniel Joseph Schaffer MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
3309 SW 34th Circle; Suite 200-1
Ocala, FL
(352) 547-1460

Dr. Daniel Schaffer's area of specialization is interventional pain medicine. Dr. Schaffer is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Pain Medicine
2237 SW 19th Ave Road; Suite 101
Ocala, FL
(352) 867-9877

Dr. Lance Kim specializes in vascular neurology, pain medicine, and sleep medicine and practices in Ocala, FL. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kim's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease), Interventional Pain Medicine
1731 SW 2nd Avenue; # A
Ocala, FL
(352) 369-0322

Dr. Harsha Rajashekar's areas of specialization are interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Ocala, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rajashekar takes.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2300 S Pine Avenue; Suite B
Ocala, FL
(352) 861-4600

Dr. Keri Copponex's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.