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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5.0 out of 5 stars
- July 10, 2018

My apologies in advance for such a long review but trust me it is worth the read to get you to the DREAM TEAM. Where do I begin...to make a long story short when I was about 14 weeks pregnant (first time being pregnant) I began to develop right leg pain. It was getting to the point where I would have to sit down to put my underwear on and keep in mind I didnt have a belly yet. My husband was able to find a chiropractor that worked w/ pregnant women and my pain was gone. Through out my pregnancy I did go back here and there to get adjusted because the pain would start creeping back and eventually I did get a belly that was carrying a little human being. I had my son at 38 wks and I was able to deliver natural and have a complicated free delivery. About three weeks postpartum I began to develop a lot of back, hip and leg pain. In my head I was thinking that everything I was feeling was normal because come on I just had a baby. My pain began to get worse where I was in pain every night and I couldn't even hold my newborn. Thank goodness my husband is amazing and would take care of our son. Family and friends would see how much pain I was in and they would be quick to ask did the epidural from your delivery do this...my response would be I didn't have one. I was taking ibuprofen, using creams/sprays, heat/cold packs, and trying to stretch but it did not help or work at all. Here I go back to the chiropractor...I had to find one by my house because driving long distance was unbearable due to my pain. I start seeing this new chiropractor twice a week and I feel like I'm making progress. I even started getting weekly massages with cupping therapy. Talk about expensive. Weeks go by and the pain is still there and Tylenol is the only thing that helps keep the pain at Bay. I gave in and went to my PCP and she immediately put in orders for x-rays and an MRI. Results came back with FOUR bulging discs and scoliosis. A co-worker of mine recommend an orthopedic doctor so I made an appointment and I explained to him everything that was going on and what I have done and tried. Once the orthopedic saw my MRI results he immediately went straight to I would highly recommend surgery with how bad your back is. What a slap in the face I'm only 28 yrs old. I'm a total wreck and back to working three 12 hr shifts. My husband and I are exhausted from this annoying pain that won't go away. Until I was recommended to Dr. Crooks. I made a consultation and I met with him and explained to him everything I was going through and what I have done and tried. He listened to what I had to say and he was very compassionate and caring. Dr. Crooks is very thorough. I just finished my third injection and I am PAIN FREE. I haven't had to take or use anything since I am pain free. I would highly recommend Dr. Crooks. I am able to take care of my son, work, sleep and live life again! Thank you very much Dr. Crooks and staff.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
- June 3, 2018

Dr. Crooks rocks the pain world! He has helped both my husband and myself with our back, shoulder, elbow and neck pain. He really listens to you and has a wonderful bedside manner! His staff is wonderful too! Maria and Ramona are both so sweet and helpful. I would not hesitate to refer people this his practice. Very satisfied!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
- May 3, 2018

Dr. Crooks and his staff have treated me with respect and personnel care and concern for my wellbeing. From my first contact. I had left an email request on their website, it was less than 24 hours Bethany called me back, she explained the Stem Cell procedure to me in a language that I could understand, made me fell comfortable and she was able to set me up with an appointment for an evaluation. When I met the rest of the staff, they too made me feel comfortable and were interested in getting the best results for me. One week after the evaluation I had my injection that was approximately 6 weeks ago, I have not had to have any ibuprofen since before the injection. I know this is not an overnight fix, but to this point I am very excited about the outcome. The procedure was explained to me and the process. I would highly recommend Dr. Crooks and his Staff to anyone. Professionals all the way through.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
- 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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5.0 out of 5 stars
- 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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