About Elise Itano
Dr. Elise Itano enjoys many facets of practicing medicine, primarily helping others. “I have a genuine interest in people and their well-being and feel honored that patients trust me with their care,” she says. “Physicians are privy to the most intimate and vulnerable matters that detail a personal story; it is a unique perspective into the human experience.”
Deeply committed to staying current with the latest developments in the medical field, Dr. Itano is fascinated by the pursuit of knowledge and finds gratification in continuous education about human disease, physiology and treatment practices. As a result, she is able to educate her patients with up-to-date information about the medical conditions they are experiencing. “I love helping my patients understand their condition so that we can both progress toward their healing,” she explains.
In her free time, Dr. Itano enjoys being outdoors with her husband. They enjoy camping and hiking in the spring and snowboarding in the winter. She loves exploring new trails and especially enjoys waterfall hikes. Her favorite place to visit is Yosemite National Park.
Philosophy of care
As a physiatrist, Dr. Itano’s care philosophy is based on the principles of helping her patients regain function and independence. This whole person approach integrates not only the patient’s disease process, but incorporates their occupation, social and home life for a complete understanding of the medical situation and personal treatment goals for returning to activity.
Dr. Itano’s practice is committed to delivering patient-centered care. “The best care is individualized, appropriate and timely. For each patient, I strive to treat and follow up as if he or she was a close friend or family member,” she says.
She believes that providing straightforward and transparent education is an important component in treatment. “My job is to educate patients about their injury or illness and explain treatment options,” she explains. “Although I advocate for conservative treatment before more invasive alternatives, it is important that the patient understand all of the options so that they can make an informed decision.” As part this comprehensive approach, Dr. Itano advises her patients to be prepared to discuss nutrition, lifestyle modification, and exercises in addition to more invasive alternatives like medications, injections, and surgical options.
She also incorporates a team-based approach to patient care and collaborates with other medical specialists when needed. “Although I try to be as comprehensive as possible, I know when I need the expert opinion of another provider and will seek support from other medical specialties and therapeutic resources for an integrated path to health care,” she says.
A board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Itano welcomes new patients to her Boulder Medical Center clinics at Broadway in Boulder and Avista in Louisville.
Dr. Elise Itano’s area of interest is in musculoskeletal and spine injury. She cares for her patients by diagnosing and treating neurological and orthopedic disorders in the neck, spine, pelvis, arms, legs, hands and feet.
Her treatments include traditional and integrative techniques, as well as newer approaches such as using a patient’s own platelets and bone marrow to heal their injuries. When procedures are warranted, Dr. Itano uses ultrasound and fluoroscopic imaging to perform precise injections. She also believes in exercise as a medical and integrative approach to healing.
Dr. Elise Itano and the Boulder Medical Center Physiatry Department address the following concerns:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Compression Fractures
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Sciatic Pain
- Radicular Pain
- Arthritis (glenohumeral joint and AC joints)
- Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Rotator Cuff tears
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Labral Tears
- Subacromial Bursitis
- Muscle/Tendon Strains
- Piriformis Pain
- Labral Tears
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Muscle/Tendon Strains
- Patellofemoral Pain
- Meniscus tears
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Hip Joint
- 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
- Glenohumeral or AC Joint
- Proximal or Distal Biceps Tendons
- Suprascapular Nerve
- Joint (Steroid, PRP and Hyaluronic Acid)
- Fluid Aspiration
- Baker’s Cyst
- Carpal Tunnel
- Achilles Tendon
- Ganglion Cyst Fenestration/Aspiration
- Tennis Elbow
Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Spinal Radiculopathies
- Peripheral Mononeuropathies (nerve entrapment neuropathies)
Education and Certifications
Fellowship — University of Colorado, Denver Anschutz Medical Center
Fellowship, ACGME Pain Medicine with a focus in sports and spine medicine
Residency — University of California, Irvine
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Internship — University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
Medical School — University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Doctor of Medicine
Undergraduate — Vanderbilt University
B.E., Biomedical Engineering