Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialists

At Pain Care Providers, Dr. Reza Mahrou and Dr. Amir Rafizad have state of the art equipment, such as spinal cord stimulators, that allow them to offer their patients the most advanced levels of care. The facility serves the residents of Irvine, California as well as the greater Los Angeles area.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Spinal cord stimulators are used to block or at least modify nerve impulses that relay pain from the spinal cord to the brain. Also known as a dorsal column stimulator, spinal cord stimulators are small devices that are implanted under the skin with a thin wire that runs from the device to the spinal cord itself. The electrical impulses generated by the spinal cord stimulator act as a block to either prevent pain signals from reaching the spinal nerves or at least modifying them to lessen their degree of intensity.

When is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Used?

Spinal cord stimulators are used to help individuals who suffer from chronic pain and discomfort associated with various conditions that cause nerve pain throughout the body. The stimulators can be used to alleviate chronic pain that is associated with spinal injuries, as well as pain after unsuccessful spine surgeries, degenerative joint and bone disease, sciatica, and various types of nerve pain. It can also be beneficial in helping to control diabetic neuropathy and other types of nerve pain that accompanies conditions like spinal stenosis. If you have pain that could be treated with spinal cord stimulation, contact Pain Care Providers to learn more about how this treatment can help you.  

Can Stem Cells Help Repair Damage to the Spinal Cord?

Spinal cord damage can result from slip and fall accidents, athletic injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and physical injuries that are the result of violence. When the spinal cord is damaged, loss of muscle control and sensation are common. The ability to move is also decreased or lost altogether. Doctors have discovered that harvesting a person's own stem cells from their bone marrow and other areas of the body can cause tissues to partially regenerate providing increased mobility, sensation, and muscle control.


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

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

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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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