Healing through Integrative Pain Management
" I envision a collaborative care model for the patients who are referred to me in order to guide and maintain a state of inner balance moving away from pain, illness, and disease and focusing on the wellness of the mind, body and soul.”
Virtual Telehealth Visits Now Available During
the COVID-19 Pandemic
See Dr. Delzell from the comfort of your own home via your smartphone, tablet or computer. Through a live telehealth video visit, Dr. Delzell can perform an initial consult for chronic pain assessment and perform a partial physical exam virtually. A diagnostic ultrasound will then be performed at a later date once the office reopens.
Patricia Delzell, M.D.
President, Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants, Inc.
Patricia Delzell, M.D., is a board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist specializing in integrative treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Delzell is a specialist in musculoskeletal ultrasound and is fellowship trained in cross-sectional imaging and integrative medicine. She is president of Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Delzell combines traditional medicine with an integrative pain management approach so her patients can lead a life without chronic pain. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal scar, including treatment of nerve entrapments. Dr. Delzell has practiced in both private practice and academic medicine. In addition to her extensive training and professional experience after receiving her medical degree in 1993, she served as the director of musculoskeletal ultrasound at the Cleveland Clinic from 2009-2019. As a sought-after expert in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostic and ultrasound therapeutic solutions, Dr. Delzell travels extensively, lecturing nationally and internationally.
11/17/2020 Dr Delzell was named an AIUM Fellow. These are individuals who join a small and select group recognized by the AIUM as medical ultrasound experts, luminaries, and leaders.
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship – Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona
Fellowship – Cross-Sectional Imaging, Chief Fellow
Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Residency – Diagnostic Radiology
Medical Education – Case Western Reserve University
Doctor of Medicine
University of Arizona – Integrative Pain Management Course – 2019
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University – Emotional Intelligence Certification Program – 2019
Professional Licenses & Board Certification
American Board of Radiology certification, 1997
Licensed in Ohio and Indiana
Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants – About Us
Many of the patients who are referred to Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants (AMMC) come to us after going from one health care provider to another and trying a range of traditional methods without relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain. It’s not uncommon for our patients to have heard, “Nothing more can be done” or “you’ll just have to live with it.” We understand your frustration and eagerness to find the relief needed to improve your life.
Musculoskeletal pain in joints, muscles, fascia, tendons and nerves can arise from scar formation secondary to prior injury, repetitive trauma, prior surgery, abnormal biomechanics and/or inflammation. The pain can also be exacerbated by stress and disharmony.
AMMC is a leader in integrative pain management in Northeast Ohio. We focus on ultrasound diagnostic solutions and ultrasound-guided treatments of musculoskeletal scar combined with complementary therapies to provide relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain. These complementary treatments might include manual medicine, lifestyle medicine and mind-body treatments concurrent with needle or physical therapy treatments. Through a collaborative relationship with each patient, individual care and treatment plans are directed by developing a proactive and comprehensive approach to preventative musculoskeletal medicine.
We work to help you create and maintain a state of inner harmony, moving away from illness and disease and focusing on holistic wellness to put pain in the past... whether it’s joint pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, muscle pain, knee pain, groin pain after a hernia repair, nerve entrapment and more.
Through a collaborative relationship with each patient, individual care and treatment plans are directed by developing a proactive and comprehensive approach to preventative musculoskeletal medicine.
9/16/2021: "Dr Delzell was very sharp, I liked what she had to say and the direction to the spine doctor she was very kind and put me at ease."
7/31/2021 :"My daughter has been suffering from constant, debilitating anterior hip pain for two years after a hip resurfacing and LFCN release from scar tissue. The pain was so bad that should she was restricted to bed and could no longer participate in school, socialize, or even sit with her family for a meal. Her doctors could not determine the source for the pain. Even after a PET/MRI showed active pain receptors at the site where she reported debilitating anterior hip pain, her sports medicine and pain management doctors as well as her peripheral nerve surgeon insisted that she was suffering from hyperalgesia and centralized pain as they could not explain why she hurt so much. Their recommendation: More physical therapy. My wife, daughter and I were very skeptical as she had participated in intense physical therapy for nine months resulting in significantly increased pain. Therefore, we did research for diagnostic ultrasound and hydro-dissection which led us to Dr. Delzell’s website. We were very impressed with her experiences, credentials, and her reviews. We contacted her office, and Meghan, the Practice Manager, was incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, well-organized, and sympathetic. She worked with us to obtain the necessary imaging and reports rapidly for Dr. Delzell to review. Dr. Delzell reviewed the information and discussed our daughter’s case in detail with us on very short notice. After that discussion, we were convinced that Dr. Delzell would be able to help us determine if there was a real, physical problem underlying our daughter’s anterior hip pain. Meghan and Dr. Delzell worked to accommodate our schedule and we flew from Californian to Ohio the next week. Dr. Delzell examined our daughter and rapidly identified that our daughter’s LFCN was extremely traumatized with scar tissue involvement and the existence of a nerve protector that had been used on her LFCN two years ago. This device was supposed to be bio-degradable and dissolve after six months. It did not. Instead, it had hardened and presented a significant irritant to the nerve resulting in severe inflammation. Several previous doctors performing ultrasound and other imaging of the area had missed this critical problem. Not only did she identify these issues quickly, but she did so while establishing a good, positive rapport with our daughter, who had become cynical, after so many doctors were unable to help her or even identify the problem. Establishing rapport was essential in our daughter’s willingness to try several injections to the area to reduce the inflammation and dynamic tethering causing her pain. Dr. Delzell was able to perform the injections rapidly and accurately minimizing the time to complete the procedures and therefore, reducing the time our daughter would have to suffer from the pain of the injections. Furthermore, Dr, Delzell prescribed topical medication to reduce the pain, that previous physicians never mentioned and then provided us several referrals to very good surgeons for follow up regarding possible surgery to remove the nerve protector. Dr. Delzell was able accomplish in one week, what nine physicians from orthopedics/sports medicine, pain management and neurosurgery from three top tier, tertiary care centers could not accomplish in two years: Consolidate my daughter’s medical information, analyze it, and successfully perform diagnostic imaging to identify the sources of her constant pain, provide therapies to treat these conditions and references to surgeons for further review and resolution. When you read about the greatness of American medicine, Dr. Delzell, and her staff, make that claim a reality."
6/18/2021: "Advanced MMC creates an exceptional patient experience. Dr. Delzell is talented, efficient, and has an excellent bedside manner. Services are robust with transparent and fair pricing. Front-office staff is friendly and courteous. I highly recommend this practice."
5/27/2021: "The entire staff very professional. Dr. Delzell allows plenty of time for questions and answers. I am a private person and I very much appreciate the fact that Dr. Delzell understands this. She made the room calming with aromatherapy and music that calmed me. She let me know what to expect throughout treatment. I can't say enough about the quality and care she provided. It is very evident that professionalism.is her top priority."
3/29/21: "From the initial phone call, the office manager, Nicki, made me feel very comfortable and positive about the services that Dr. Delzell offers. We played phone tag for a few days and Nicki was accommodating and patient while scheduling the appointment. I was offered a free phone consultation with Dr. Delzell, who answered all of my questions and gave me a thorough explanation of the use of imaging technology to diagnose the underlying cause of pain. During my appointment, Dr. Delzell explained the what and why of each step and of the treatment plan, giving me great hope for restoring healthy function to my body. I am thankful to my referring physician, Dr Truax, and to Dr. Delzell for their commitment to finding and treating the underlying cause of pain. I am grateful to Nicki, for the patience and kindness she showed me. If you have unresolved pain, I strongly recommend meeting with Dr. Delzell."
2/6/21: "Dr Delzell provided an extremely thorough review of my very complex case of groin and hip pain. She looked at all imaging and even made efforts to get prior ultrasounds to compare. We first had a telemedicine visit to review everything; I then had an in person visit and very complete MSK ultrasound trying to elucidate pain drivers. Her immediate very detailed notes are sent to all coordinating physicians to provide continuity of care. She also has an important niche in this area of medicine as not only is she obviously very adept at ultrasound, but has an integrative medicine approach to the patient with her training in this area. She refers to kinetic specialists as well to provide a more multidisciplinary approach that is lacking in this area of medicine. She is easy to reach, and makes a quick effort to connect with others in my care. I truly appreciate all the time and effort to help me."
1/5/21: "I strongly recommend Dr. Delzell for anyone who suffers with chronic pain. Dr. Delzell is as compassionate as she is skilled. Don’t give up, give her a chance to help you. My follow up visits with Dr. Delzell have lasted over an hour as confronts both the physical and emotional aspects of chronic pain."
12/7/20:"Very good at diagnosing soft tissue injuries especially hamstrings."
11/21/20: "Knowledgeable and innovative. Dr Delzell uncovered multiple soft tissue issues in my neck shoulder, which no one else has in many years of searching (including Mayo Clinic). Hoping targeting these muscles in my treatment will finally lead to lasting health."
10/29/20: "Nikki was so amazingly helpful in scheduling my appt. I came from FL so it meant so much she took the time she did to help. And Dr Delzell!! There are no words for my gratitude for her! She found issues no one else found on imaging. I’ve been in debilitating pain for a year and a half and she has helped figure out a piece of the puzzle. There are simply no words to express my gratitude! I could not recommend Dr Delzell enough."
10/8/20: "Dr. Delzell is such a great doctor. I have had a severe injury for a couple of years and I met her for the first time in 2018 for an ultrasound and she is so kind. Her bed side manner is top notch. Three years later, I needed my past injury to be looked at again and she was the only one I trusted to help find the root cause of my continuous pain. Dr. Delzell is very thorough in her exam and makes you feel very relaxed. Her right hand Nikki at the front desk is absolutely amazing and has helped me so much getting personal records etc. I appreciate the both of them for their welcoming hospitality and kindness 😊"
"I have had two separate lower extremity problems that I had Dr. Delzell evaluate. The first was posterior right hip pain that was causing discomfort down my right leg, especially while driving. She evaluated my hip by ultrasound and noted a thickened ligament that was pressing on my nerve. She injected it with a steroid, but the injection was not uncomfortable. In fact, when she got to the right place on the ultrasound, I could feel it was the right place. After one injection she sent me to physical therapy. Within two months, the problem of driving cleared up. The second visit was to evaluate my left knee after a jumping injury. I was hoping she could find and inject something, and I would be on my way. However, in her ultrasound evaluation, she noted a problem within my knee and decided to order an MRI. She was correct. I had a problem with my meniscus and a piece of cartilage floating in my knee. She recommended a great surgeon who did a great job and four weeks after the surgery I am nearly back to normal. I trust that Dr. Delzell will only do procedures that are actually appropriate to do. That is why I have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Delzell to my friends and patients since I have also been her patient." -Rob Truax, D.O.
Dr Delzell is an exceptional Physician, with advanced knowledge of MSK medicine and ultrasound. When I have tough cases I ask her for help and suggestions, and have no doubt patients are in great hands at Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants.
Dr. Morgan Oberle, MD
Sports Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
As the medical director of a surgical clinic and an ambulatory surgery center that attracts patients from all over the world, it is imperative to associate only with medical support groups that demonstrate excellence in their respective fields. The high standards that have propelled us to be recognized as a center of excellence for hernia surgery must be reflected by the consults we often refer our patients to for various studies. It is my privilege to single out Dr. Patricia Delzell from Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants as a premier radiologist who has provided an invaluable service to us with her outstanding ultrasound studies. I have referred countless patients to her over the years and have been amazed at the quality of her reports. I would rank her as among the best when compared to other radiologist reports I have received for patients from across this country. Moreover, the ease of booking patient consultations with her, the prompt reporting of the studies and her availability to personally discuss any of the reports is critical to our ability to provide timely care for our patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Patricia Delzell to any physician who is in need of an ultrasound study for a patient.
Dr. David Grischkan, MD
Director, Hernia Center of Ohio
I met Dr. Delzell at a school function and we had a great discussion about musculoskeletal medicine. I realized that her skill in musculoskeletal ultrasound and treatment was something desperately needed, but not routinely available. She can evaluate and treat a wide range of conditions, often far better than with the use of an MRI. Her ability and precision to do real-time functional evaluation, as well as use the asymptomatic side for comparison, is not available elsewhere. I have taken courses in musculoskeletal ultrasound as a sports medicine physician, but to have an interventional radiologist perform the study takes the ultrasound to another level. I have sent her patients and some return to me having been evaluated, but not treated. If the patient still has some muscle imbalances that need further rehabilitation, she will tell them. She doesn’t want to do a procedure just to have muscles imbalances undermine it, requiring a repeated procedure. I also appreciate her integrative medicine training. Before meeting Dr. Delzell, I would send patients to Interventional Radiology, who would perform the procedure I asked and that is all they do. It’s great having another set of clinical eyes. My clinic is primarily one of using osteopathic manipulative treatments to treat, and it helps a majority of my patients. Having Dr. Delzell to help me out with the tougher cases is a great asset to my practice. I am confident when I send my patients to her, she will put their best interest first.
Dr Rob Truax, DO
Sports Medicine, Connor Integrative Health Center