We found 9 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's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; she sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem. Dr. Basham studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She 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 is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hullander honors. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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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. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin accepts. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Jeoffrey Benson is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Benson studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Karl Sandin is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Sandin speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. William Paule's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), general practice, and pain medicine. Dr. Paule graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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

Dr. David Pires is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Pires's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Ralph Mozingo is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Mozingo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Vincenzo Vitto sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA and San Rafael, CA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Vitto studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is in-network for Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance.

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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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