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Elise Itano, MD
Board-certified Physiatrist | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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What is a physiatrist?

Dr. Elise Itano specializes in non-surgical treatments for spine and other musculoskeletal conditions.

As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, also known as a Physiatrist, Dr. Elise Itano treats a wide variety of spine and musculoskeletal conditions that affect the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves.

By taking the whole body into account, she can accurately pinpoint problems and help relieve pain, enhance performance, and regain function without surgery.

“My whole-person approach integrates each patient’s health into their work, social, and home life,” Dr. Itano says. “This gives us a complete understanding of the medical situation and personal treatment goals. I enjoy supporting my patients throughout their journey toward returning to activity and improved quality of life.”

When should I see a physiatrist?

A physiatrist is often the first step when suffering from spine and musculoskeletal pain.
Consider seeing a physiatrist when:

  • You have an injury that causes pain and/or impedes physical functioning;
  • You have an illness or disability that has left you with limited physical functioning and pain.

Patient Forms

Spine Care

  • Back Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Spine Injuries and Chronic Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Compression Fractures
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Radicular Pain

Musculoskeletal Care

Shoulder Pain

  • Arthritis (glenohumeral joint and AC joints)
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff tears
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Labral Tears
  • Subacromial Bursitis

Hip Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle/Tendon Strains
  • Piriformis Pain
  • Labral Tears
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis

Knee Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle/Tendon Strains
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Meniscus tears
  • Bursitis

Arm Pain

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pain Management / Injections

Fluoro-guided Injections

  • Hip Joint
  • Piriformis
  • Spine
    • Epidurals (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal)
    • SI Joint and Lateral Branch Blocks
    • Facets and Medial Branch Blocks
    • Radiofrequency ablation

In-Office or Ultrasound-guided injections (Steroid and PRP injections)

  • Trigger Point
  • Shoulder
    • Glenohumeral or AC Joint
    • Proximal or Distal Biceps Tendons
    • Bursa
    • Suprascapular Nerve
  • Hip
    • Joint
    • Bursa
  • Knee
    • Joint (Steroid, PRP and Hyaluronic Acid)
    • Fluid Aspiration
    • Baker’s Cyst
    • Bursa
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Ganglion Cyst Fenestration/Aspiration
  • Tennis Elbow

Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies

  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Spinal Radiculopathies
  • Peripheral Mononeuropathies (nerve entrapment neuropathies)


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