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PainCare Medical Group


A model pain center, in the heart of Orange County


PainCare is the leading pain management center in Orange County, California, specializing in the treatment of the spine and joints. 


Staffed by Board Certified Medical Doctors, PainCare has put the best of Physical and Sports Medicine, Interventional Treatment, Spine Decompression and Chiropractic Care together, under one roof, in the heart of Orange County.


Dr. Larry Ho, PainCare's Medical Director is a Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital trained Pain Specialist.  In this discussion, he answers some of the most important questions about how one should go about choosing a pain treatment facility.





What is a Physiatrist?

Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians,
are medical doctors who are:

  • Experts at diagnosing and treating pain

  • Restore maximum function lost through injury,
    illness or disabling conditions

  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area

  • Lead a team of medical professionals

  • Provide non-surgical treatments

  • Explain your medical problems and treatment plan

  • Work not only on treatment but also prevention

Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physicianís medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a personís lifetime.

Why Visit a Rehabilitation Physician?

Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. By taking the whole body into account, they are able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance without surgery. Consider seeing a rehabilitation physician if

  • You had an accident or you have an injury or chronic condition that has left you with pain or limited function

  • Youíre contemplating or recovering from surgery

  • You have an illness or treatment for an illness that has diminished your energy or ability to move easily

  • Youíre recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage

  • You have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury, or back problems

  • Excess weight makes it difficult to exercise or has caused health problems

  • You think youíre too old to exercise

  • Life changes such as childbirth or menopause have created new challenges to your physical function

Source:  American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation Physicians May Treat:





Rheumatoid Arthritis

Back Pain

Brain Injuries

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Neck Pain

Nerve Pain


Ulnar Neuropathy (Wrist Pain in Bicyclists)


Pediatric Rehabilitation

Post-Polio Syndrome

Spinal Cord Injuries

Sports-Related Injuries


Womenís Conditions

Female Athlete Triad

Pelvic Pain

Pregnancy and Back Pain

Work-Related Injuries

To learn more about the types of PM&R treatments available for these conditions, click here.


Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found at our web site: PainCareMD.com.  In addition, we have created links at our web site to help you find the most useful information over the Internet .

In addition, we have created a blog:  PainCareBlog.com.  "Pain Care blog strives to provide the most pertinent, useful and current information on pain management to the public. As health care information becomes more voluminous over the Internet, it is important for those who seek answers to evaluate their information sources carefully. PainCare screens for information from both medical literature and news releases from around the world."


Contact us at:       PainCare Medical Group

                             15701 Rockfield Blvd.

                              Irvine, California 92618

                              Tel: (949) 457-9900

                              Fax: (949) 457-9922


Khang Lai, DO
PainCare Medical Group
15701 Rockfield Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618


Lee Irwin, MD
PainCare Medical Group
15701 Rockfield Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618


Alexander Francini, MD
4870 Barranca Parkway
Suite 230
Irvine, CA 92604

Claudio Carvalho, DO, MS
Spine & Joint
450 Newport Center Dr.
Suite 650
Newport Beach, CA 92660


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