The Ithaca Center for Pain
At the Ithaca Center for Pain
Management, we understand that patients suffering with chronic pain are under
considerable stress. We listen carefully, so that we can establish a
partnership with you and work effectively as your advocate.
Our approach here is multidisciplinary,
because in the treatment of chronic pain it is necessary to consider all of its
aspects—social, psychological, economic, physical, and spiritual. We frequently
recommend conventional medical treatment in combination with complementary or
alternative approaches. To learn more about the Ithaca Center for Pain
Management, just click on the links below.
To make an appointment
Our caregivers treat patients with a
variety of chronic pain problems including:
● neck and back
pain from spinal disorders, herniated disks, and osteoporosis
● myofascial pain
● reflex sympathetic dystrophy
● post-herpetic neuralgia
● intractable cancer pain
● post-operative pain that remains
The scope of pain management includes
both medical and non-medical therapies. Our pain management specialists treat
pain with medication, nerve blocks, and implanted technologies (such as
morphine spinal pumps or dorsal column stimulators). The pain management team
also works closely with a number of physicians and area health-care practitioners
on a referral basis, including specialists in neurology, physiatry
(physical medicine specialists), psychology, physical and occupational therapy,
chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and spiritual healing. An individual
treatment plan is designed for each patient, depending on the patient’s problem
The medical center staff also collaborates with Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County
to offer a Palliative Care Program for terminally ill hospital patients, whose
plan of care is aggressive comfort care.
Our pain management center is staffed by
our director, Dr.
Anthony Sanito, who is a board-certified
specialist in anesthesiology and pain management, and Dr.
Andrew Morpurgo, board-certified physiatrist and
medical director of the Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Cayuga Medical Center.
They are assisted by Christina Morse, NP, a staff of experienced registered
nurses, and other anesthesiologists on staff at Cayuga Medical Center.
make an appointment
In order to be seen in the pain
management clinic, you’ll need a physician referral. To schedule an
appointment, just call Pain Clinic Scheduling at 274-4287. Please plan to
arrive 15 minutes early for your first scheduled assessment. Also be sure to
bring your physician’s prescription for pain management and your most recent
health insurance card.
We do recommend that you call to make
sure that pain management is covered on your insurance policy. You may receive
more than one bill if you received more than one service during your visit.