Benjamin Dirkx, DO

Benjamin Dirkx, DO

Board Certified and Fellow in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Pain Medicine
Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Specializing in Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Injuries, EMGs, and Interventional Spine Procedures

Ben Dirkx, D.O. specializes in treating all musculoskeletal conditions ranging from common knee issues to chronic back pain. He completed his undergrad degree from Michigan State University with honors where he spent most of his free time organizing and supervising intramural sports programs. From there he went on to attend the prestigious College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University with a focus on muscle and joint pathology. Dr. Dirkx completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital under the tutelage of national recognized physicians of Dr. Myron Laban, Dr. Ronald Taylor, and Dr. Justin Riutta. He obtained intensive specialized training in interventional procedures while completing his residency and has attended numerous training courses utilizing ultrasound, EMGs, and interventional procedures.

Dr. Dirkx joined The Spine and Orthopedic Center in 2014 and as a physiatrist has focused training on the realm of physical illnesses of joint, muscle, and nerve pain. He utilizes nerve conduction studies, ultrasound, interventional procedures, and a multitude of physical therapy modalities to treat his patients.

Dr. Dirkx is a member of several professional societies including: California Medical Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Physicians, Wilderness Medical Society, and International Spine Intervention Society.

In his free time he enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities and competes in numerous competitive sports and races. Dr. Dirkx is an avid traveler including wilderness expeditions.


2006-2010 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine East Lansing, MI
2001-2006 Michigan State University
Graduated with Honors Bachelor of Science in Zoology
East Lansing, MI

Board Certification and Licensure

July 2015 Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Osteopathic Medical Board of California: License #20A133731
May 2016 Board Certified in Pain Medicine
Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Professional Training

2010-2014 William Beaumont Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Royal Oak, MI
2011 Mayo Clinic Advanced EMG techniques Conference Ameilia Island, FL
2012 Northwestern University Prosthetics - Orthotics Conference Chicago, IL
2013 University of Utah Ultrasound Guidance for Interventional Procedures Training Course Park City, UT
2013 Michigan State University Botox Utilization and Chronic Migraine Course Novi, MI
2014 Mayo Clinic Advanced Ultrasound guided procedures for the Spine and Extremities Tampa, FL
2014 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation National Conference with focus on Ultrasound and MSK treatment tract Washington D.C
2014 St. Jude’s and Dr. Michael Lynch Advanced Techniques for Spinal Procedures and Spinal Cord Stimulators Ontario, CA
2015 Stryker Course for Venom Rhizotomy and Advanced Interventional Procedures Los Angeles, CA
2015 International Spine Intervention Society Advanced Lumbar Interventional techniques Phoenix, AZ
2015 Spine Intervention Society Cervical Interventional techniques and protocols workshop New Orleans, LA
2016 Pain Week Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2017 North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2017 Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator Workshop training Dallas, TX

Professional Experience

2014-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Santa Barbara,CA
2014-Present Santa Barbara Annual Marathon Head Physician Santa Barbara,CA
2014-Present Santa Barbara City College Annual Physicals for Athletes Santa Barbara,CA
2014-Present Physician for Santa Barbara City College Rugby Team Santa Barbara,CA
2016-Present Official Physician for Annual Santa Maria Rodeo Santa Maria,CA

Professional Memberships

  • Wilderness Medical Society
  • American Academy of Physical Medicineand Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • CaliforniaOsteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • Spine Intervention Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Board of Pain Medicine

Attending Staff

  • Carrillo Surgery Center
  • Central Valley Surgery Center
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital


Case Report: Anterior Cord Syndrome After Femoral Cardiac Catheterization.
AAPMRNational Conference. 2014. Ben Dirkx, D.O. Nancy DeSantis, D.O.

Chronic Problems With Sedentary Work. Bakersfield Magazine. Vol. 33 No.2

Lectures, Presentations and Exhibits

8/2012 Pain Pathophysiology
10/2012 Shoulder Anatomy and Common Problems
12/2012 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Modern Treatments
1/2013 Hand Anatomy and Common Problems
2/2013 Burn Rehabilitation and Management
6/2012 The Many Problems with Backs
2/2014 Pearls and Pitfalls of Diagnosing and Treating Lower Extremity Pain
2/2014 Common and Uncommon Shoulder Problems
4/2014 Pain medications: The How, When, What, and Why of Use
12/2015 Literature Review of Lumbar Interventional Procedures: Best Evidence guidelines
6/2016 The Role of Neuromodulation in Today’s Treatment of the Modern Patient