Pain Management at St. Jude and St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group

Our pain management doctors are dedicated to helping you live with less pain so you can find the peace you’ve been searching for — mind, body and spirit. Our pain medicine physicians provide the entire spectrum of care, from non-invasive options — such as customized physical therapy and nerve blocks — to the newest minimally invasive interventions.

Procedures Performed

Non-invasive treatments

Many patients benefit from a combination of pain-relieving medications and advanced physical rehabilitation, including customized physical therapy and innovative exercise protocols. Techniques that combine aspects of Eastern medicine with traditional Western approaches can also be helpful.

Nerve blocks

Local anesthetics and steroids are injected near specific nerves in the spinal column or peripheral sites, preventing them from relaying pain signals to the brain.

Radiofrequency ablation

A specialized needle is inserted near a nerve and heated, rendering the nerve incapable of transmitting pain.

Vertebroplasty

Acrylic bone cement is injected through a small needle to stabilize or “cast” compression fractures of the spine, eliminating the source of pain.

Spinal cord and peripheral cord stimulators

A small wire is inserted in the epidural space above the spinal cord or next to the peripheral nerve, and low-level electrical impulses are used to interrupt the transmission of pain signals.

Shoulder and knee injections, and fluoroscopic-guided hip joint injections

Used to diagnose as well as relieve shoulder, hip and knee pain, these injections contain anesthetic agents - alone or combined with steroids - to reduce inflammation and provide long term pain relief.

Implantable drug delivery

A pump implanted in the abdomen releases pain-relieving and spasticity reducing agents into the spinal cord fluid. Smaller doses of medicine are delivered at regular intervals, reducing side effects and improving pain control.

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy

A tiny catheter is inserted into a herniated or torn spinal disc and heated, reducing any tear or bulge as well as eliminating pain receptors within the disc.

Conditions Treated

Abdominal and pelvic pain

Atypical facial pain

Cancer pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Degenerative arthritis of the spine

Degenerative joint pain

Headaches (including migraines)

Low back and neck pain

Neuropathy and neuropathic pain

Osteoporosis

Spasticity and muscle spasms

Spinal cord injury

Spinal stenosis

Trigeminal neuralgia

Vertebral fractures

Our Providers

Our Provider

Lisa Pitino, DO
Pain Medicine, Physical Med / Rehab
City:  Santa Ana
4.7 out of 5

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Our Locations

Santa Ana

Santa Ana

Address
2212 E. Fourth St.,
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Fullerton - Spine and Back Center

Fullerton - Spine and Back Center

Address
100 E. Valencia Mesa Dr., Suite 310
Fullerton, CA 92835
Hours

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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