Neck Pain Specialists

Located in Irvine, CA, Pain Care Providers is a top provider of neck pain relief. Dr. Reza Mahrou and Dr. Amir Rafizad have extensive experience in noninvasive treatments for neck pain, offering cutting-edge solutions for patients throughout Southern California.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

The neck is a complex structure comprising bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and other structures An injury to any of these components can cause neck pain. Car accidents, sports injuries and slip-and-fall accidents are common causes of neck pain. Whiplash, chronic stress, poor posture and sleeping without proper support can also cause pain to occur. The cervical spine passes through the spine, so any problem affecting the nerves in this portion of the spine also can cause pain. In fact, cervical radiculopathy is a common cause of pain that originates in the neck and radiates into the shoulders, upper back, and arms. Degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis or cervical spinal stenosis have also been found to cause neck pain.

What is cervical spine stenosis?

Cervical spine stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that causes increased compression on the nerves, resulting in local pain as well as radiating symptoms of pain, numbness, and weakness that can extend into the arms and hands. Stenosis often occurs when an overgrowth of bony or soft tissues press against the nerves, but it can also be caused by injuries, tumors or thickened ligaments.

What is cervical radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy is a painful condition that develops when nerves in the neck become compressed where they exit the spine, usually as a result of pressure from a herniated disc. Like cervical spinal stenosis, cervical radiculopathy can cause pain and other symptoms that radiate into the shoulders and arms.

How is neck pain treated?

Neck pain usually can be treated with conservative or minimally-invasive approaches, including injections to block pain signals, to reduce irritation and inflammation. In some cases, surgery may be needed to perform repairs or to widen the spaces around the nerves so compression is relieved. Prior to treatment, a thorough examination including diagnostic imaging will be performed to determine the specific cause of pain so the most appropriate treatment can be provided.


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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.
  • Yelp

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

    Diann H.
  • Yelp

    "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."

    Melanie J.
  • Yelp

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

    Marylou B.
  • RateMDs

    "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
  • Vitals

    "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.
  • Yelp

    "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."

    Amy B.
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