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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baltimore, MD
15 years experience female

Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, MD

Address

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 600 North Wolfe Street Phipps 186, Baltimore, MD
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My office hours

Tuesday: 1:00am - 6:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Gonzalez is faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the brain control of swallowing and communication disorders and on pain measurement. Her clinical practice is general but has special interest in amputee rehabilitation, stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and swallowing (Dysphagia) rehabilitation.

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: Maryland

Doctor Q&A

519 Answers
295 Agrees
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Exercise: Aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling. Etc. Are the best way to strengthen the heart. To be effective, target heart rate should be between 50-... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Further testing: Although this is likely not a serious medical problem, i would suggest further evaluation. If it is not getting better an MRI might be needed to look... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Work with your MD: If you want to stop the medication and are motivated rehab is not necessary. If you are used to taking 8/day it would be safe to decrease by 1 pill a... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Medical evaluation : It is difficult to tell just by the duration of pain how severe is the problem. It is certainly telling you that medical evaluation is necessary. ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Multiple reasons: There are many reasons for pain on the back of the knee. If it occurs with running most commonly it will be related to hamstring tendon injuries or n... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Formal evaluation : You should see a doctor. The great toe is very important for walking and treating the problem is needed. Don't discount it because it is " only a to... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Many possibilities: Dragging the foot can be caused by several patterns of weakness. The good news is that even if the reason for the problem cannot be fixed there are m... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Ask: Ask for care resources available. Taking care of yourself is as important while taking care of them.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Yes: If the scoliosis is related to the pelvis being "crooked" one leg may feel shorter. The leg itself is not shorter but one leg at be higher than the o... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Yes: It is possible that pain caused by shoulder problems is referred to the neck. Make sure you mention this to your surgeon before surgery.
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A member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Rehabilitation eval: Long standing "tightness" in the hand after a stroke is very common. If left untreated it can worsen with time. Evaluation by a physical medicine an... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Good option: Some trigger points sometimes need more physical therapy than others. Dry needling is a good option as well based on the results of other interventio... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Paralysis possible: One severe type of migraine may cause weakness in one side of the body (hemiplegic migraine). This can be severe enough that the weakness might look l... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Tests: An evaluation for swallowing problems would include al visit with a physical examination. Depending on the exam the doctor will choose to send you fo... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Evaluate posture: Sore neck and headaches that resolve with heat are usually benign and commonly related to muscle tightness or overuse. The first thing i would do is ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
No: There is no relationship between an amputation and arthritis of the other hand.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Need medical eval: The problems you report require medical evaluation. There are several possible causes that may need to be sorted out. A common cause could be thyroi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
No: This is a very common dose. Discuss your concerns with your physician.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Quit: Quit smoking: 2-3 years later, the increased risk of heart disease will be back to baseline.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Trigger points?: Muscles can develop tender spots called trigger points or "knots". It occurs frequently in tired and overworked muscles. They get better with massag... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Careful: Boxwood is a very common shrub in the us. The leaves should not be used as they can cause serious harm, including death. I am unsure where you woul... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Maybe: Grapes are somewhat acidic so people with acid reflux should be careful and eat in small quantities.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
It depends : It is difficult to provide a recommendation without knowing what problem you need treated. For example, a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabili... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Would not do: I would not take any supplement (like this one) that can have an effect on natural hormonal balance especially at a young age. Good diet and exercise... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Maybe: A good multivitamin will include c, e, b12, and b-complex so you are probably taking a lot of the same (and spending a lot of money... Vitamins are no... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Yes and No: Yes carpal tunnel syndrome is damage to the median nerve at the wrist due to compression. No carpal tunnel would not cause diabetes.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Inactivity?: Knee surgery limits the amount of activity one can do and may contribute to weight gain. Other factors to consider is fluid retention or medications ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Go to ER: If you have strider this needs to be treated immediately. Call 911 or have someone take you to the er.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
See doctor: It is impossible to say what you have with the information provided. Parasitic skin diseasenis possible. The most commonly seen is scabies. Seek me... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Yes: This is the main test used to evaluate heart function and contraction real time. It can be used to see the "pumping ability" of the heart or its fail... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Several: There are multiple treatments that can be used to treat the spasticity related to spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. The main consideration is making s... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Dysphagia: The symptoms you describe are concerning. The endoscopy can only tell you information about the anatomy and not about how the swallowing mechanism is... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Yes: A stroke occurs when a part of the brain lacks blood flow or when a blood vessel bursts and spills blood is an area of the brain. This causes the aff... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Other meds: There are several medications to control muscle spasms of which valium is one. The main side effect of anti-spasm medications is sleepiness but not a... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Leg length: A leg length discrepancy by itself can cause the symptoms your are experiencing. A corrective shore lift can help significantly with symptoms. See a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Relaxation exercises: Relaxation exercises and yoga can be very helpful in dealing with anxiety.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
See below: For vegans it is easy to fall short on protein consumption. The more rich the protein the better. For a woman you age that is around 50 grams/day (m... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
All options : Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians use all the options available to treat function problems. This may include prescribing medications, p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
See the doctor: It is important to determine the cause of your syncopal episodes. It is possible that you are having seizures that are not obvious. There are many o... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Bed bugs?: Since you were vacationing and they were not on exposed skin it is possible that these are bed bug marks. Without seeing the bumps it is difficult to... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
See your surgeon: I would suggest that you see your surgeon to examine the surgical area. If this examination fails to show a reason for your pain your primary care do... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Depends: Spinal cord injury does not directly affect fertility but depending on the level of injury (the higher in the spine or neck) the more likely that ther... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Very likely: I am assuming that you are talking about ibuprofen. Yes one of the main side effects of this medication is stomach discomfort. He should be very car... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Medical supply store: A prescription for urinary catheters from your physician can be filled at any local medical supply company. These are usually covered by insurance.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Effective: In gastroparesis, the muscle in the outlet of the stomach is injected to help it relax and improve stomach emptying. Side effects of the medication a... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Irritated?: I would suggest that you seek medical evaluation as the nerve might be pinched. If that is the case it might get worse with time.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Weakness?: Seems like the muscles that bring the ankle up are somewhat weak and unable to hold the ankle up when running. I would seek medical evaluation to see... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Start with ortho: I would first have an evaluation by a spine orthopedist to figure out the extent of the problem and determine if further treatment in necessary.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Shoulder blade?: It seems to me that you may be talking about scapular winging is related to muscle weakness (most commonly trapezius or serratus anterior occasionally... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 15 years experience
Immediately : Physical therapy and occupational therapy after a major amputation should start immediately to learn how to move around the house and do activities of... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
1.2K
Thank you notes
Oct 1, 2014
Outstanding specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Highly recommend.
Aug 12, 2013
I am grateful for you fund of knowledge and caring responses. Thank you.
Jul 13, 2013
a fantastic doc!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! If the answer was more comprehensive, one I can't google, I'd be happy. I waited for 2 sentences of a reply all day, and my question was not answered.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I realized after I sent that I should have said electrical accident. Hand-Ortho said Schwann Cells Fried, No New Myelin :-(
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Did therapy several times, last was 3 per week for 6 weeks. Turned them latent, but no release. Thanks for endorsing the needling

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Awards

Associate professor of PM&R
Medical Director Outpatient PM&R Clinics
Top Doctor, First Place, Baltimore, MD - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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