Epidural Shots Specialists

Serving the residents of Irvine, California and the surrounding area, Dr. Amir Rafizad and Dr. Reza Mahrou of Pain Care Providers offer a variety of different treatment options for their patients who experience chronic and acute pain. The doctors specialize in the use of epidural shots and nerve blocks, as well as a variety of other procedures.

Epidural Shots Q & A

What is an Epidural?

Epidural is actually is the name of a thin layer outside the spinal cord. If steroids are injected into this space, it would be called an epidural steroid injection. Sometimes these injections are just called, “epidural” for short. Epidural local anesthetic injections are commonly used to provide relief for women who are having a difficult time giving birth. Epidural steroid shots are also used to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica and chronic lower back pain. They can also be used to treat chronic pain in the neck or cervical area of the spine (cervical epidural steroid shot). While they are primarily considered for lower back or neck pain, epidurals can also be used to treat pain in the mid-back as well.

How are Epidural Steroid Injections Used?

Epidural steroid injections are used to eliminate pain. An epidural procedure involves injecting a steroid solution into the dura mater that surrounds the spinal column. The steroid solution spreads through the general area and anesthetizes the nerves that travel through the area. This type of injection can help to eliminate or relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica, pinched nerves in the hips and groin, diabetic neuropathy and other types of chronic health conditions that affect the hips, legs, and feet.

Do Epidurals Have Side Effects?

Epidurals have a very low possibility of a wide range of side effects. Headaches that are the result of an epidural often resolve themselves in 24 hours. Sleeplessness and anxiety are also common with this type of treatment. Experiencing a feverish sensation on the night of the injection, as well as facial flushing may also be present. In some cases, muscle spasms can occur near the injection site. Women who receive an epidural during childbirth may still feel a slight degree of numbness months after the procedure. These side effects vary from person to person and not every person will have side effects.


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Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Rafizad is a very smart, caring doctor who has extraordinary knowledge about choosing the right medicines."

    Michael T.
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    "Dr. Mahrou, Dr. Rafizad, nurses & administrative staff are a complete team for pain management, very professional & caring for their patients. Thank you PCP!!!"

    Oliver L.
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    "I would highly recommend [Dr. Mahrou] to anyone suffering from acute or chronic pain. He truly is THE BEST physician I have ever had."

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    "I LOVE these two doctors; they are one of a kind. When you're in the office with the doctors they always make you feel as if you're the only person that matters."

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    "Dr. Rafizad has saved my life making the pain tolerable and in some cases go away all together."

    Marylou B.
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    "Dr. Rafizad is super intelligent & he actually listens when one speaks. I would recommend Dr. Rafizad highly to anyone with a pain issue. This is a first rate doctor."

    Verified Patient
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    "Dr. Reza Mahrou was a very PLEASANT and professional individual. We talked and he actually "listened" to what I had to say. I would definitely recommend this doctor."

    Verified Patient
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    "Dr Mahrou is the kindest most compassionate Dr. He has definitely improved my quality of life. He and Dr. Rafizad are my Dynamic Duo!"

    Shannon B.
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    "I recently had a procedure performed on my back. I'm very pleased with this group and will continue to go there. I would definitely recommend them."

    Stefani W.
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    "Dr. Mahrou is the most kind, genuine, compassionate Pain Management doctor I have ever seen. Thank god for Doctors that love their job and genuinely try to help people."

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