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

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Sharon L Basham MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
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. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Basham has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4440 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Richard Martin is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Martin studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.87 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
3891 State Street; Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Patrick Frawley practices pain medicine and addiction medicine in Santa Barbara, CA. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Frawley honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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Dr David C Agnew MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Other, Neurology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
533 E Micheltorena Street; Suite 202
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. David Agnew is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated Dr. Agnew highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Dr. Agnew attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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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. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Benson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Robert Hullander is a Santa Barbara, CA physician who specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hullander honors.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Average rating 4.96 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. David Pires' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Pires attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Patient ratings for Dr. Pires average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3045 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Ralph Mozingo specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
Average rating 4.62 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2320 Bath Street; Suite 315
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Barry Ross practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Ross is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ross takes. 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's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Vitto accepts Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance. He graduated from 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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