Dr. Ron Pitkanen, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 38
  
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 10 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Pitkanen has more experience with Spine and Pain Management than other specialists in his area. 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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(205) 878-4368

Dr. Pitkanen accepts the following insurance:

First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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PHCS Network PPO

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Pitkanen

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Pitkanen treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Pitkanen treats other conditions, please contact the office at (205) 878-4368.

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 83% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
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 their peers

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

Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of their peers

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

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of their peers

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

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.Compare with other Pain Management specialists.

Typically treats 83% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of their peers

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

Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen performs Epidural Block, Facet Blocks more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Pitkanen performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Spinal Nerve Block
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pitkanen performs Spinal Nerve Block more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Pitkanen performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Check Dr. Pitkanen's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Pitkanen's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • 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
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • 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
  • Polyneuropathy
  • 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 Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

Dr. Pitkanen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Pitkanen

4.8

Based on 24 ratings

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I have never gone to a doctor’s where everyone was so sweet, welcoming made me feel special. Kept me informed. Excellent customer service. Awesome
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Oct 08, 2020
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You will never find another physician that cares as much as this one does. He is so patient and concerned for your well being. I have been his patient for a Few years and will be for as long as I can be.
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Kris Bennett – Sep 21, 2020
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excellent care and very engaged atmosphere !!
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Aug 16, 2020
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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
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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
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Donna Rohan – Feb 27, 2020
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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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  • 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
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Dr. Pitkanen has the best bedside manner of any physician I’ve ever used. He actually listens to his patients!
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Sammy Fendley – Jan 14, 2020
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Really cares about you as a person and does want to help you. Sincere and caring.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Vestavia Hills, AL – Jan 06, 2020
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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.
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Apr 27, 2019
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Dr.Pitkanan is amazing I finally found a specialist that truly cares
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Mar 29, 2019
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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.
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Danny Bass in Vestavia – Mar 04, 2019
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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.
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Birmingham , AL – Feb 07, 2019
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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
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Dec 05, 2018
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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
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Jason and Tasha Gooden in Pell City, AL – Oct 05, 2018
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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
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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AL – May 24, 2018
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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
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Sally Smith in Jasper, AL – Apr 07, 2018
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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
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Birmingham, AL – Apr 06, 2018
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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.
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Robin Becnel in Pell City, AL – Dec 29, 2017
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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...
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Aug 14, 2017
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Very informative and helpful. Awesome bedside manner. I highly recommend this physician.
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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 10 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Pitkanen has more...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Education

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

Awards

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Locations

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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