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Physiatry – Elise Itano, MD

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Physiatry at Boulder Medical Center

Elise Itano, MD Physiatrist

Elise Itano, MD, board-certified physiatrist

When you experience an injury involving your spine, bones, muscles, or joints, a board-certified physiatrist can be a practical first step toward evaluation and treatment. Elise Itano, MD, board-certified physiatrist, and Aaron Stern, certified physician assistant (PA-C), are trained to pinpoint problems and provide non-operative interventions and treatments. With an orthopedics and sports medicine focus, they help patients relieve their pain, enhance performance, and regain function without surgery. They also refer to and work closely with our orthopedics team when surgical options may be appropriate.

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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)

Conditions NOT Treated

Physiatrist Dr. Elise Itano offers evaluation and treatment for the spine and musculoskeletal system. These are some of the conditions that her practice does NOT address.

  • Dr. Itano does NOT prescribe opioids for treatment of chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic whole body pain
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Neurological disorders: multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, ALS, traumatic brain injury (she can perform injections if a neurologist or PCP primarily manages patient)
  • Facial pain disorders, throat pain
  • Rib, chest pain
  • Abdominal and pelvic pain, visceral/ internal organs
  • Concussion, migraine, general headaches
  • Vertigo / dizziness
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Pain management (pain pumps, spinal
    cord stimulators, chronic opioids)
  • Ankle/foot – see a podiatrist first


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