Sports Spine Doctor Matthew Crooks

Pinnacle Pain and Spine Pain Management Doctor Matthew Crooks, M.D.

Pinnacle Pain and Spine Top DoctorDr. Matthew Crooks is a double board certified, fellowship trained interventional pain specialist. He has had the distinction of training with leading experts in pain medicine at two of the nation’s top hospitals, with extensive training in acute and chronic pain management, completing residency in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, he had the honor of being selected Chief Resident of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for the 2008-2009 year.

During fellowship in Pain Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Crooks served as Chair of the Resident Section Committee of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), focusing on teaching and developing the next generation of pain specialists. He currently serves as Associate Faculty with ASRA. Dr. Crooks has published both articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters in the field of pain management, and is actively involved in research focusing on outcomes studies of interventional pain procedures, as well as developing new pain treatments.

Delivering the highest quality patient care has been the primary focus of Dr. Crooks throughout his career in medicine. He believes that the best attribute a physician can have is the ability to listen to their patient, and to understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. This relationship is essential in managing chronic pain, restoring function, and getting back to life.

Dr. Crooks has been practicing interventional pain medicine in Arizona since 2010, and has been voted a “Top Doc” in Pain Management by Phoenix physicians in Phoenix Magazine. His clinical interests include spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation and neuromodulation by spinal cord stimulator. He is well versed in interventional and multimodal pain management, and is passionate about improving the lives of his patients by limiting the impact of chronic pain. He is a member in good standing of the Arizona Medical Association, North American Spine Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Crooks enjoys basketball, tennis, travelling, and especially spending time with his wife and two sons.

Fellow, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology:
University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine Los Angeles, CA 2009-2010

Chief Resident, Anesthesiology:
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2008-2009

Residency, Anesthesiology:
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2006-2009

Internship, Internal Medicine:
Alameda County Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, Oakland, CA 2005-2006

Doctor of Medicine:
The Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL 2005

Bachelor of Arts:
Degree with honors in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Minor in Sociology
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 1999

Arrowhead Health Centers
Interventional Pain Physician
2013-2016

Valley Pain Consultants, Phoenix, AZ
Interventional Pain Physician
2012-2013

The Pain Center of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Interventional Pain Physician
2010-2012

Board Certification in Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

Board Certification in Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

State of Arizona

State of California

American Medical Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Williams KA, Gonzalez-Fenandez M, Hamzehzadeh S, Wilkinson I, Erdeck MA, Plunkett A, Griffith S, Crooks M, Larkin T, Cohen SP. A multicenter analysis evaluating factors associated with spinal cord stimulator outcomes in chronic pain patients. Pain Medicine, 2011 Aug; 12(8): 1142-53

Cohen SP, Williams KA, Kurihara C, Nguyen C, Shields C, Kim P, Griffith SR, Larkin TM, Crooks M, Williams N, Morlando B, Strassels SA. Multicenter, randomized, comparative, cost-effectiveness study comparing 0,1, and 2 diagnostic medial branch (facet joint nerve) block treatment paradigms before lumbar facet radiofrequency denervation. Anesthesiology, 2010 Aug;
113(2):395-405

Cohen SP, Strassels SA, Foster L, Marvel J, Williams K, Crooks M, Gross A, Kurihara C, Nguyen C, Williams N. A Multicenter, Randomised, Controlled Study Comparing Fluoroscopically-Guided and Blind Corticosteroid Injections for Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome. British Medical Journal, 2009 Apr 14; 338:b1088

Cohen SP, Strassels SA, Kurihara C, Crooks MT, Erdek MA, Forsythe A, Markeson M. Outcome Predictors for Sacroiliac Joint (Lateral Branch) Radiofrequency Denervation. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 2009 May-Jun;34(3):206-14

Cohen SP, Stojanovik MP, Crooks M, Kim P, Schmidt CR, Shields LC, Croll LS, Hurley RW. Lumbar zygapophysial (facet) joint radiofrequency denervation success as a function of pain relief during diagnostic medial branch blocks: a multicenter analysis. The Spine Journal, May-Jun 2008; 8(3): 498-504

La Rosa C, Wang Z, Brewer JC, Lacey SF, Villacres MC, Sharan R, Krishnan R, Crooks M, Markel S, Maas R, Diamond DJ. Preclinical development of an adjuvant-free peptide vaccine with activity against CMV pp65 in HLA transgenic mice. Blood, Nov. 2002; 100; 3681-3689

Lacey SF, Gallez-Hawkins G, Crooks M, Martinez J, Senitzer D, Forman SJ, Spielberger R, Zaia JA, Diamond DJ. Characterization of cytotoxic function of CMV pp65 specific CD 8+ T-lymphocytes identified by HLA tetramers in recipients and donors of stem cell transplants. Transplantation. Sept. 2002; 74(5): 722-723

Heredia J, Crooks M, Zhu Z. Phosphorylation and Cu+ coordination-dependent DNA binding of the transcription factor Mac-1p in the regulation of copper transport. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Mar. 2001; 276: 8793-8797

Crooks MT, Ferrante FM. Myofascial Pain. In: Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia. 3rd Edition. Honorio Benzon MD, Srinivasa N. Raja MD, Robert E. Molloy MD, Spencer Liu MD, Scott M. Fishman MD, editors. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2011.

Crooks MT, Cohen SP. Managing Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia in the Postoperative Period. In: Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia, Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, editor. New York, London: Informa Healthcare, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Addiction and Chronic Pain. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Complex Regional Regional Pain Syndrome. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Headache in Chronic Pain Management. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Opioids in Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Resident Opportunities Abound in Toronto for 35th Annual Regional Anesthesia Meeting and Workshops. In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Colin J. McCartney, lead editor. February 2010

Matthew Crooks, Sandra Kopp. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Resident Section Committee: A Distinguished History, Leading the Way.

In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Colin J. McCartney, lead editor. August 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Resident Opportunities Abound at Spring Meeting….and Beyond.

In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Brian M. Ilfeld, lead editor. February 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Life’s A Beach for Growing ASRA Resident Membership. In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Brian M. Ilfeld, lead editor. August 2008

Matthew Crooks, Jerry Stonemetz. Anesthesiologist and Society Lecture Series: Anesthesiology Practice Economics. Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. November 2007, Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Crooks, Maggie Jeffries. 27 weeks pregnant with hemoglobin SS disease and the need for urgent ERCP. Poster presentation, American Society of Anesthesologists October 2007 meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Matthew Crooks, Christopher Wu. Chronobiology of pain perception and analgesic requirement. Poster presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Spring 2007 meeting, Vancouver BC.

Maria Militante, Colin Feeney, Matthew Crooks. The Many Faces of Pheochromocytoma. Poster presentation at The American College of Physicians California Chapter, November 2006 meeting, Monterey, CA.

Matthew Crooks. Phantom Limb Pain. Resident presentations series, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. September 2006, Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Crooks. Beta Blockers, Cocaine and Alpha Overload. Cardiology Morning Report, Alameda County Medical Center, February 2006, Oakland, CA.

Chair, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2009-2010)

Chair-Elect, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2008-2009)

Faculty Advisor, The Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2008-present)

Curriculum Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2008-2009)

Chair, Pain Medicine Subcommittee, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2007-2008)

Resident Section Committee, ASRA (2007-2010)

Chicago Medical School, Alumni-Student Coordinator (2003-2005)

Chicago Medical School, Class Representative (2002-2003)

A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group Study of XXX for the Treatment of Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC) in Subjects with Chronic, Non-Malignant Pain

A Multicenter, Randomized, Blinded, Saline-Controlled Trial of Resorbable Biologic Disc Augmentation For Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Internal Disc Disruption (IDD) with the XXX

A Randomized, Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of XXX in Patients with Non-Cancer-Related Pain and Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC)

A Long-Term Open-Label Safety of XXX Controlled-Release Capsules with Flexible Dosing to Treat Subjects with Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain

Dr. Matthew Crooks new clip

Dr. Matthew Crooks on Good Morning Arizona talking to Lina de Florias about pain management without using opioids.

Click the image link to watch the video or call us to learn more about our approach to treating chronic and acute pain.

Pinnacle Pain in the News

Pinnacle Pain In The News

Dr. Matthew Crooks talks to Georgann Yara, of the Arizona Republic, about Pinnacle Pain’s unique approach.

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Overall Rating / 37 Total 1st-Party Reviews

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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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