At Coastal Pain & Spinal Diagnostics, we know that medicine is always changing. Research is important to us to bring our patients access to the latest developments. We have incorporated research into our practice since 2015.

Meet Our Clinical Research Coordinator

Suzanne Nanson joined us at Coastal Pain in 2015 as Clinical Research Coordinator. Suzanne has been in the medical field for 27 years and has been a Clinical research coordinator for the last 13. Suzanne’s background was Rheumatology until joining the Coastal Pain team, and she is loving the transition to Pain management. Suzanne has managed clinical trials from phase 1- 4 and all aspects of clinical trials from start up to close out. Her focus is always benefits to the patient, and puts patient care as a top priority.

Suzanne and her husband relocated from Scottsdale AZ after 20 years to return back home to CA be closer to their family.She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, family, including grandbabies, & friends. She loves to travel, and a day at the beach ending with a sunset is always a great day.

For more information about research please call (760) 607-1729 or email


Low back pain is the world’s leading cause of years lost to disability.1 Often, there is not a specific anatomical cause that can be treated with spine surgery.

Neurostimulation is a well-established pain treatment used by doctors for more than 50 years. One of Abbott’s most advanced forms of this therapy is BurstDR™ stimulation. It works by using mild electrical pulses delivered by a small implant to change pain signals as they travel from the spinal cord to the brain.2

The DISTINCT study is designed to understand how BurstDR stimulation can relieve pain and improve physical function in people with chronic low back pain who have not had back surgery and in people who are not good candidates for surgery.

When you participate in a clinical trial, you are joining the front line against a disease. If you have suffered with low back pain for more than 6 months and have been told you are not a candidate for spine surgery, ask your doctor if the DISTINCT study is right for you or go to the link below to find out more about qualifications.



Current and Completed Studies:

Abbott: Distinct Study: Neurostimulation

Vertiflex: Ascend Trial: Superion.

Medtronic: Surveillance Registry-Spinal Cord Stimulator/ Pain pump

Boston Scientific: Accelerate Study- (extension sub-study) Spinal Cord Stimulator

Boston Scientific: Whisper Study- Spinal Cord Stimulator

Nuvectra: Algovita post-market clinical study- Spinal Cord Stimulator

Alfred Mann Foundation: Medallion Therapeutics- Pain Pump

Opioid Post-marketing requirement (PMR) Consortium- OPC-5

Mallinckrodt: CNS-HYD202US- Assess the safety of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride delivered by Intrathecal Administration.