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We found 8 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 is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She works in Santa Barbara, CA. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Anthem, and more. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Basham has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Robert Hullander's medical specialty is anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hullander graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Karl Sandin is a physiatrist and pain doctor in Santa Barbara, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sandin studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Richard Martin sees patients in San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin accepts. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He 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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Benson is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. David Pires is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pires accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine 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 specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Mozingo accepts 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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He accepts Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance. He attended medical school at 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.