Elise Itano, MD
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 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 orthopedic surgeons and 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,” 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.
Specializing in Interventional Spine Care & Non-surgical Orthopedics
When you experience an injury involving your spine, bones, muscles, or joints, a board-certified physiatrist can be a practical first step toward evaluating and treating these conditions. Dr. Elise Itano is trained to pinpoint problems and provide non-operative interventions and treatments. With an orthopedics and sports medicine focus, she helps patients relieve their pain, enhance performance, and regain function without surgery. Dr. Itano also refers to and works closely with our orthopedics team when surgical options may be appropriate.
- 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)
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
- 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
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
Board Certification — American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Pain Medicine
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“I was having severe back pain and Dr. Itano helped me immensely. I’ve never felt so comfortable at a doctor’s office. She listened to me and actually cared about my medical problems. I cannot recommend Dr. Itano more!”Patient in Boulder County
“Dr Itano is caring and explains everything very clearly. She provided both a short term and long term plan to address my spine pain and my hip pain. Ordered appropriate tests. She cares for both my husband and me.”Patient in Boulder County