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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 is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She works in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem. Dr. Basham has received the following distinction: 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 works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Hullander is in-network 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, Pain Medicine
230 W Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Karl Sandin's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandin accepts.

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

Dr. Richard Martin's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Martin graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Jeoffrey Benson's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Benson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 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's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), general practice, and pain medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Paule is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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

Dr. David Pires is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Pires is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pires 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 is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He 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's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Vitto accepts 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.