Recent News & Updates

Life After a Herniated Disc

You may feel that the pain and discomfort of a herniated disc will never go away, but there’s life after a herniated disc. Learn about the treatment options we have to offer.
Apr 1st, 2023

The Link Between Your Diet and Arthritis

You may be resigned to the pain and stiffness of arthritis, but did you know there’s a link between your diet and your pain? Keep reading to find out how to help yourself through food.
Mar 9th, 2023

7 Key Advantages of Allergy Drops Over Allergy Shots

If you’re considering allergy shots for seasonal or food allergies, you may be interested to know that allergy drops offer a range of benefits that shots don’t. Here’s a look at several of those benefits.
Nov 1st, 2022

How To Manage Your Shingles Pain

One of the characteristics of a shingles infection is pain, which can range from mild to excruciating. Here, our experts discuss how to manage your shingles pain so it doesn’t interfere with your normal life.
Oct 7th, 2022

Help for Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is hot, shooting pain that travels from a compressed spinal nerve root out to an extremity. Fortunately, we can help your radiculopathy. Keep reading to learn more.
Sep 13th, 2022

Warning Signs You Have a Herniated Disc

A herniated disc can lead to back pain and other uncomfortable symptoms and requires medical treatment. Do you know the warning signs? Keep reading to learn all about them.
Jul 12th, 2022

Why Do I Keep Getting Headaches?

If you get recurring headaches, you’re not alone. Headache disorders are among some of the most common medical conditions in the world. Keep reading to learn the why of headaches and what you can do to get relief.
Jun 1st, 2022

Who's at Risk for Gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, can cause intolerable pain. The causes of gout can be related to genetics as well as lifestyle factors. Knowing your risks can help you beat the disease.
Apr 1st, 2022

Is My Back Pain a Medical Condition?

Back pain often comes directly from back or spinal structures, but sometimes it’s a sign of a medical condition elsewhere in your body. Here’s what else could be causing your back pain.
Mar 7th, 2022

Kyphoplasty for Osteoporosis: What to Expect

Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning disease that often leads to spinal compression fractures. Kyphoplasty treats the fractures and the pain that comes with them. Here’s what you can expect from the procedure.
Jan 1st, 2022

Benefits of Bone Marrow Aspirate Therapy

Bone marrow aspirate therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses your own stem cells to heal damaged or diseased tissues. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of this remarkable treatment.
Nov 1st, 2021

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Signs and Treatments

You’ve suffered a relatively minor injury, but your intense pain seems all out of proportion. What’s wrong? You may have complex regional pain syndrome. Keep reading to learn about the signs and treatments for this condition.
Oct 4th, 2021

Top Treatments for a Back Fracture

The treatment for a back fracture greatly depends on the type of fracture you’ve sustained and its severity. Learn all about back fractures and the top treatments here.
Sep 1st, 2021

Can Trigger Point Injections Help My Headaches?

Do you suffer from headaches? Did you know that the pain may be from muscles elsewhere in your body? If so, trigger point injections might be just the thing to trigger relief. Here’s what you need to know.
Aug 5th, 2021

5 Common Signs of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic pain condition that can leave you with debilitating symptoms but an elusive diagnosis. Keep reading to learn about five common signs of the disorder that can lead to getting the help you need.
Jun 16th, 2021

Treatment Options for Your Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, also called a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the jellied center of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the rubbery exterior. This can press on nerves and cause pain. Treatment options are available for this condition.
May 4th, 2021

Healing From Elbow Fracture Repair Surgery: What to Expect

Elbow injuries can be painful and complex, just like your recovery. Without adequate time and care, you could seriously reinjure your elbow, sidelining you even longer. Here’s what to expect during your recovery from elbow fracture repair surgery.
Apr 8th, 2021

Sports Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know

COVID-19 may have changed many aspects of your life, from where you work to how you shop. If you’re an athlete or a gym goer, you may have questions that don’t have clear answers: Is it safe to play? Can I work out at the gym? What if I get hurt?
Mar 3rd, 2021

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.
May 20th, 2021

U.S News Article on Chronic Pain Features Dr. Matthew Crooks

“ACCORDING TO A STUDY published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of U.S. adults live with chronic pain. Chronic pain is generally thought of as pain that lasts longer than three months. Chronic pain is different from the acute...
Jul 8th, 2020

5 Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief

In order for our bodies to function properly, without issues or without pain, we need to ensure we are exercising consistently and properly. For our backs in particular, exercise that strengthens the muscles in the surrounding areas will go a long way...
Nov 8th, 2019

Treatments to Reduce Inflammation and Minimize Back Pain

Back pain is one of the more common physical ailments that doctors and specialists treat, and it can show itself in several forms with different causes for each. Many times, back pain is caused by mechanical issues,...
Nov 1st, 2019

When is Back Surgery Necessary?

If you’re experiencing back pain, you may find that it can begin to take a huge toll on your quality of life and generally can be a burden on your day to day routine. While most back pain issues can be treated with less invasive solutions,...
Oct 22nd, 2019

Answering Your Questions About Degenerative Disc Disease

Within our backs, we have discs that are placed in between the bones of our spinal column that essentially serve as shock absorbents. Each disc is made up of a firm outer layer and a soft jelly-like core, and they help hold the spine together while...
Oct 15th, 2019

Simple and Effective Stretches to Help Back Pain

Stiffness and lack of stabilization are two common reasons that a person may experience back pain. Taking the time to make sure you are incorporating stretching exercises into your day will help to prevent this rigidity.
Sep 12th, 2019

Bone Spurs in the Back: A Brief Guide

Back pain can be a significant hindrance to daily life and is often frustrating to deal with. It can be even more frustrating when the cause is unknown. Pain could stem from something simple like posture, improper exercise, or even sleeping funny.
Aug 23rd, 2019

Epidural Steroid Injections: What You Need to Know

Back pain can seem unbearable and inescapable. The discomfort can be severe enough to hinder healing and rehabilitation. With epidural steroid injection, this pain can be soothed right at the source to give the surrounding tissues time to heal...
Aug 12th, 2019

5 Ways to Increase Blood Flow to Reduce Back Pain

Back pain is consistently one of the top reasons why a person may need to visit their doctor. Because there are so many different causes for back pain, there are a number of different methods for treating it.
Jul 31st, 2019

Executive Posture

s your desk job a literal pain in the neck? Dr. Matthew Crooks of Pinnacle Pain and Spine feels you. “It’s the devices and the texting and computers – it’s sort of been good business for me, but it’s not good for everyone else,” he says with a laugh.
Aug 24th, 2018

These 7 New Techniques Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief

Millions of people who suffer from chronic pain take opioid drugs that carry significant risks of addiction and can often do more harm than good. But scientists are developing a new generation of solutions to deal with the problem in ways that safer and...
Sep 19th, 2017

Pinnacle Pain In The News

Dr. Matthew Crooks on Good Morning Arizona talking about pain management without using opioids. These 7 New Techniques Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief...
Sep 13th, 2017

Why Did Kobe Go to Germany

An aging star and the new procedure that could revolutionize sports medicine. By nearly every metric, Kobe Bryant is having his best season in years. Not only is he leading the league in scoring, but he’s also performing above his career average in...
Dec 9th, 2016

Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain

Obtained from: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/ conditions/adult/orthopaedic_disorders/ice_packs_vs_warm_compresses_for_pain_85,p00918/ It can sometimes be confusing whether to use heat or cold when treating sore muscles or an injury,...
Dec 9th, 2016