We found 10 pain specialists who accept Medicare near Santa Barbara, CA.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
230 W Pueblo Street; Suite A Base of Operations
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Sharon Basham specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Basham is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
4440 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Richard Martin practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine in San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Martin is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
504 W Pueblo Street; Suite 301
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Jeoffrey Benson practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Santa Barbara, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benson honors. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Other, Neurology
533 E Micheltorena Street; Suite 202
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. David Agnew is a specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. Dr. Agnew has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Robert Hullander's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Physiatry, General Practice, Pain Medicine, Counseling, Addiction Therapy
1913 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. William Paule is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), general practice, and pain medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Paule attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
230 W Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Karl Sandin practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Sandin is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. David Pires, who practices in Santa Barbara, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pires honors. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Ralph Mozingo is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
306 Northridge Road
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Vincenzo Vitto is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He accepts the following insurance: Medicare and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Vitto is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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