Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 39

Dr. Pitkanen
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Comprehensive Pain Center

2700 Highway 280 S Mountain Brk, AL 35223

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(205) 878-4368

Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Mountain Brk, AL and has over 11 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE / MEMPHIS / COLLEGE OF MEDICINESURGERY medical school in 2010. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pitkanen to book an appointment.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Dr. Pitkanen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Degenerative Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Degenerative Disc Disease more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pitkanen treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pitkanen treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Herniated Disc more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pitkanen treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pitkanen's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(205) 878-4368

Dr. Pitkanen accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Pitkanen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Pitkanen

4.7

Based on 26 ratings

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Dr Pitkanen has kept me walking!!! He is one of the most compassionate doctors that I have ever encountered. A thorough and Godly physician that will help you.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Patricia Johnson – Apr 01, 2021
excellent care and very engaged atmosphere !!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aug 16, 2020
Dr. Pitkanen is honestly the best doctor I have ever used. Had 2 blocks and then surgery that did not fix all that was wrong. Was told to go back to Dr. Pitkanen and he has been wonderful since then. I've never had a more caring and attentive doctor EVER. His office personnel are wonderful and caring also. I would highly recommend him !!
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Janice H MCCOMBS – Apr 02, 2020
Office has a great location, easy walk in/out & no parking fee. Wonderful receptionists/very experienced nurses. Theresa and LaDonna, 5 ??, I’ve had them at other doctors’ offices, I was thrilled they’re now working with Dr. Pitkanen. After my consultation &/w other doctors’ reports he gave me a particular medicine rather than a procedure (I’ve had 4 back epidurals). Dr. Pitkanen listens throughly, gives you his upmost professional care, attentive, and courteous. ?? I’d recommend having a consultation or second opinion with Dr. Pitkanen, it would be worth your health experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Donna Rohan – Feb 27, 2020
I had 5 blocks for my back surgery pain. None of them helped me for one day. Dr. Pitkanen did one block and before I left the office I could already tell I was 95% better! He’ll be my Dr. from now on but I believe he will have me back to normal very soon! Great bedside manner, nicest person and Doctor I’ve ever been too!
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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JAMES P HOLLEY – Jan 30, 2020
Dr. Pitkanen has the best bedside manner of any physician I’ve ever used. He actually listens to his patients!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Sammy Fendley – Jan 14, 2020
Really cares about you as a person and does want to help you. Sincere and caring.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Vestavia Hills, AL – Jan 06, 2020
Dr. Pitkanen is the best doctor that I've ever had and I have had many. He is the most caring, courteous, and professional physician I've ever met and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a pain block or seeking help for their chronic back pain.
10 people found this helpful
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Apr 27, 2019
Dr.Pitkanan is amazing I finally found a specialist that truly cares
7 people found this helpful
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Mar 29, 2019
I have had 2 procedures done by Dr. Pitkanen. The latest was stem cells injections in my L4-5 and S1. He was so nice , took the time to explain how it would work and take 4–6 weeks to work. He called me several times before the procedure to answer more questions. To be honest, I have never met a more impressive Doctor. He really cares and wants to make your pain go away. He will give you a list of options to try and in which order. I would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Danny Bass in Vestavia – Mar 04, 2019
Dr. Pitkanen is always the most courteous, genuinely caring professional doctor when it comes to caring for my pain issues. He is thorough in his questioning and always asks if there are other areas of concern. I highly recommend him and his abilities to anyone needing pain management.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Birmingham , AL – Feb 07, 2019
He’s an amazing doctor! I can’t say enough great things about St Vincent’s 119 Outpatient staff and Dr. Pitkanen. I highly recommend him
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Dec 05, 2018
Dr. Pitkanen is an amazing, caring, understanding and compassionate doctor who really cares.. Thank you so much Dr. Pitkanen and your amazing staff, y'all have truly made an impact on our lives.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Jason and Tasha Gooden in Pell City, AL – Oct 05, 2018
I have been seeing Dr. Pitkanen for spinal blocks to treat spinal stenosis for 2 years. He spends time with me, making sure the injections are exactly where needed and by that night I can sleep without pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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AL – May 24, 2018
I had my first nerve block today with Dr. Pitkanen. Not only was his office staff extremely efficient and thorough, He was very kind, compassionate, and professional. Best of all, the procedure itself was completely painless and I already feel so much better! Thank you so much to Dr. Pitkanen and your awesome staff!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Sally Smith in Jasper, AL – Apr 07, 2018
Dr Pitkanen is truly a Doctor who desires to help his patients maintain a high quality of life. He is one of the most sincere and compassionate physicians I’ve ever known. He is skilled and knowledgeable on many pain mgmt/treatment options. His Assistant, Ladonna Edwards, is awesome! She understands the patient’s unique situations and truly partners with Dr Pitkanen in helping eliminate and manage your pain. I highly recommend these professionals!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Birmingham, AL – Apr 06, 2018
Had a spinal block yesterday. I found Dr. Pitkanen was very professional and caring. He had a nice bedside manner. He asked me questions about my pain so he was on top of situation going into surgery. I would recommend him. Very pleased so far. Thanks.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Robin Becnel in Pell City, AL – Dec 29, 2017
My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia. Probably due to the chemo, he lost use in his right hand and was in terrible pain. We saw neurologists from Tuscaloosa to Mayo Clinic without success. By my mistake, I made an appointment with this clinic. We were upset because of the painful time wasted but then Dr. Pitkanen offered to help. He asked to try a procedure, IT TOTALLY WORKED!! My husband left the office and painlessly fed himself for the first time in months!! AWESOME!! Pitkanen CARES...
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
12 people found this helpful
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Aug 14, 2017
Very informative and helpful. Awesome bedside manner. I highly recommend this physician.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
8 people found this helpful
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Moody, AL – Feb 08, 2017

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Biography

Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Mountain Brk, AL and has over 11 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from UNIVERSITY...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Education

2010
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE / MEMPHIS / COLLEGE OF MEDICINESURGERY
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Pitkanen has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

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What are Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Pitkanen frequently treats Degenerative Disc Disease, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Herniated Disc. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Pitkanen treats.

Where is Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD's office located?

Dr. Pitkanen's office is located at 2700 Highway 280 S, Mountain Brk, AL 35223. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Comprehensive Pain Center

Comprehensive Pain Center2700 Highway 280 S Mountain Brk, AL 35223
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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