We found 11 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, who practices in Santa Barbara, CA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Basham accepts. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Richard Martin works as a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor in San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Martin speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine
3891 State Street; Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Frawley's areas of specialization are pain medicine and addiction medicine; he sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frawley attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck 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 specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), general practice, and pain medicine. He practices in Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Paule an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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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. Dr. Benson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from 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 medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Agnew's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix for residency.

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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 in Santa Barbara, CA. He accepts 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 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 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, Pain Medicine
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. David Pires practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Pires is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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 Physiatry, Pain Medicine
230 W Pueblo Street; Suite A Base of Operations
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Barry Ross is a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor. Patient ratings for Dr. Ross average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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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 and practices in Santa Barbara, CA and San Rafael, CA. He is an in-network provider for 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.
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