DRG Stimulation

Pinnacle Pain and Spine is proud to offer a leading edge treatment that lives up to our promise; reduce pain, restore function, and live well. It’s called the DRG stimulation, and it has already earned a reputation for offering superior pain relief over traditional spinal cord stimulation (SCS).

DRG refers to the dorsal root ganglion, which is also called the posterior root ganglion. The dorsal root ganglion is found at the posterior root of each spinal nerve. Pain signals must pass through the dorsal root ganglion as they travel from the lower limbs to the brain, which is why it’s been referred to as a “super highway for pain signals”.

The idea of DRG stimulation is borrowed from traditional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) with one critical difference, lead placement. Instead of placing the leads in a general area of the spinal cord, DRG stimulation, as the name implies, places the leads directly over the dorsal root ganglion. This allows for greater and more targeted control of pain in the lower limbs. In many ways it’s a more refined version of traditional spinal cord stimulation.

You many be a candidate for DRG stimulation if you have:

  • Chronic postsurgical pain
  • CRPS
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Foot pain
  • Grain pain
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Nerve Injury
  • Neuropathic chest pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Post-mastectomy pain

To find out if you’re a candidate DRG Stimulation call us today!

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- June 21, 2018

Excellent!!! During my first visit with Dr. Crooks he had already reviewed my MRI, previous doctor notes, and images. I felt very welcomed with Dr. Crooks and Ramona his nurse! They are both very knowledgeable and caring! My pain is in my cervical area, Dr. Crooks and I disgusted my treatment plan and he thoroughly explained everything to me. I just moved to Arizona from Florida and he has been an excellent Physician! I received a few injections, due to being terribly in pain on my first office visit. I was able to schedule my procedure 2 days later. I was so thankful to have it scheduled! He is truly an amazing Doctor! I would definitely recommend Dr. Crooks! I felt he treated his patients as if they were his own family. He actually took the time to discuss what concerns you have, and what he recommended, and could help with. I am a patient at the Scottsdale office and the staff was very helpful as well. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Crooks! Ramona also was a very sweet, caring, and a magnificent Nurse. She took her time with you as well and I never felt rushed or as if they were to busy to take on a new patient. Definitely an outstanding and wonderful Doctor!


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- April 29, 2018

Matthew "Dr. Miracle-worker" Crooks was my latest attempt since 2002 of four other "back specialists". Matthew having studied my previous MRIs decided that RFA was the most likely treatment for success while being the least invasive. He setup an aggressive schedule and only 3 days ago I had my first Lumbar right side RFA. His staff have the process down to a very quick 15-30 minute procedure (although with sedation I remember nothing from when Matthew came in the room until just before my wife drove me home). In total honesty the very next morning is the first time in ten years that I have had NO pain at all, easily stood up straight and wasn't grasping for every wall or counter top as had become normal when attempting to walk. Having not used sedation for the test procedures I know that the scheduling, preparatory, procedure and followup staff were very polite and fun yet super professional at their jobs. After 3 days I am feeling random Lumbar area pain in specific locations, duration, and intensity as the nerves fight their eventual desensitizing of 12-18 pain free months! Danielle, Juliet, Romona, Jay, Kathy, Danny, and Dr. Miracle Worker (and anyone I missed) - MANY THANKS!!


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- April 6, 2018

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- March 16, 2018

I can not say enough good things about Dr Crooks and the Pinnacle Pain Staff/Team. I had back pain for nearly 3 years and Dr. Crooks has given me the ability to a full night sleep after my procedure. I was hesitant at first as I fear injections but the staff and Dr Crooks do such a great job at making me feel better. I greatly appreciate his time and consideration, he is a very caring person and a GREAT physician. I highly recommend PPSC- Thank you Dr Crooks!!!!


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- January 26, 2018

I came to Dr Crooks with a number of issues which prevented me from living a full and enjoyable life. In a few months Dr Crooks has me back on the golf course, bending over to wash my face and able to lift my leg enough to pull slacks on. I had almost given up thinking I’d ever be able to perform any of these simple tasks and can’t put into words how happy I am every day. Thanks Dr Crooks.


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