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

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Dr. Daniel Joseph Schaffer, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
3309 Sw 34th Circle; Suite 200-1
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Schaffer specializes in interventional pain medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Schaffer attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Pain Medicine, Sleep Medicine
2237 Sw 19th Ave Road; Suite 101
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Lance Kim is a specialist in vascular neurology, pain medicine, and sleep medicine. He works in Ocala, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurology
1731 Sw 2nd Avenue; # A
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Harsha Rajashekar is an Ocala, FL physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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 Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2300 S Pine Avenue; Suite B
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Keri Copponex works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Ocala, FL. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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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.
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