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.

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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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- March 16, 2018

The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful! The office was clean and I will definitely be recommending Pinnacle Pain and Spine to people.

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- February 21, 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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- February 8, 2018

Dr. Crooks is amazing! Both my mom and hubby have had excellent results. I cannot say enough positive things about this practice. The staff is efficient, fun and kind. If you have pain, this is the place to go. Way better than taking pain prescriptions with all of their side effects! Grateful to have found them.

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- January 24, 2018

OMG, what a different I felt since my treatment! My story goes back to March of 2017 as I woke up one day with severe sharp pain on my left leg I didn't know what was the problem I thought I pulled a muscle or hurt it in a way so I keep wrapped it till the pain keep getting worse and worse then I went to my orthopedic doctor so he made me a cast that I put it on at night so my leg will stay straight but that didn't help and between that I keep going to my family doctor and finally she said go to vein doctor so I went and did ultrasound for my leg to see if the blood flow correctly so everything was fine in that department so my family doctor referral my to AZ pain specialist so I start chiropractor session and did acupuncture which I paid from my own pocket for it and didn't helped me at all then I went to a doctor to check my nerves it was painful process during all this time I was doing PT. April/ October then my PT lady give the card for dr Crooks and said(Lena I want you to visit Dr. Crooks we had a seminar with him So it was the best choice for me and I can't say enough from the first visit he told me what is wrong and what is the treatment he didn't waste my time HE is AWSOME

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5.0 out of 5 stars
- January 24, 2018

During my first visit Dr Crook had already reviewed my MRI and xrays from a previous Dr. After asking some questions and doing some motion checks we discussed a plan of treatment. I received three injections at the end of which I can now walk without pain and no pain pills. Feels wonderful. Dr. Crook is truly amazing. I would recommend him to anyone who has pain issues from back problems. Both his office in Tempe and Scottsdale are professional and all of his staff are very caring.

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