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What Most People Don't Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Aug 8th, 2022

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a lesser-known cause of chronic pain among the general population, but it can be a debilitating one.  The name is an umbrella term describing damage to or malfunction of the nervous system, one that generates prolonged pain and inflammation of a limb (hands, arms, legs,...

Warning Signs You Have a Herniated Disc Jul 12th, 2022

A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of back pain and pain that radiates from the back into the extremities. Each year, up to 2% of the population develops a problem with this spinal cushioning structure, the largest group being men ages 30-50.  Do you know the warning signs...

Why Do I Keep Getting Headaches? Jun 1st, 2022

You may think a headache is a headache is a headache, but that’s not quite true. Actually, there are more than 150 different kinds of headache disorders. Some are mild, while others are severe; some are relatively innocuous, and some pose a serious health threat. Headache disorders and migraine are...

Conditions that Can Be Helped with Radiofrequency Ablation May 1st, 2022

Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a procedure used to disable one or more nerves that send pain signals to the brain. The goal is to provide significant relief from a number of pain-causing conditions such as arthritis and chronic lower back pain.  RF treatment generally provides longer-lasting pain relief than therapeutic...

Who's at Risk for Gout? Apr 1st, 2022

Gout is one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. It was once called the “disease of kings,” because people mistakenly connected it with the savory meats and wine only the rich could afford.  Like all other forms of arthritis, it causes inflammation in the joints, but that’s where...

How Planks Can Help Support Your Spine and Prevent Back Pain Mar 7th, 2022

It’s estimated that 70% of all adults will experience significant back pain at some point in their life. Want to be one of the 3 in 10 who don’t? One of the best ways to keep your spine healthy is by strengthening your core, and few exercises can do this...

Is My Back Pain a Medical Condition? Mar 7th, 2022

Here’s a scene that plays out every day, all over the world: Someone thinks they have a little back strain. Perhaps they lifted something wrong or moved the wrong way. It was just a twinge, so they waited it out a few days for the pain to go away. It...

What Are My Treatment Options for Back Pain? Mar 1st, 2022

Back pain is one of the most common medical conditions — 60-80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives.  The pain can occur anywhere along the spine, from the cervical (neck) spine at the base of your skull to the sacral spine of your tailbone, and...

Got Pain? Here's What You Should Know About Trigger Point Injections Feb 1st, 2022

Trigger points are muscle fibers that spasm and become tightened into knots due to oversensitization or irritation. You can feel the knot under the skin, and sometimes it’s large enough to see.  Trigger points may impinge upon a single nerve or a nerve cluster, triggering pain. When you press on...

Kyphoplasty for Osteoporosis: What to Expect Jan 1st, 2022

Bone is a living tissue that grows and decays and grows again over time. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when too much bone tissue breaks down, when the body makes too little tissue, or both.  The bones become weak and brittle, and you can break them easily in...

Benefits of Bone Marrow Aspirate Therapy Nov 1st, 2021

Bone marrow aspirate (BMA) is a component of your bone marrow that contains mesenchymal stem cells and can help promote healing in both bones and soft tissues. At Pinnacle Pain and Spine, interventional pain specialists Dr. Matthew Crooks and Dr. Stuart Rammell provide regenerative medicine technologies, including bone marrow aspirate,...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Signs and Treatments Oct 4th, 2021

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an umbrella term that describes damage to or malfunction of the central and peripheral nervous systems, one that generates prolonged pain and inflammation of a limb (hands, arms, legs or feet), usually after an injury.  People with CRPS may experience spontaneous pain or pain...

Top Treatments for a Back Fracture Sep 1st, 2021

Spinal fractures can occur anywhere in the chain of vertebrae that compose the spine, and they can vary widely in severity.  Those fractures that result from high-energy trauma can be severe, requiring emergency treatment. Others that come from a low-impact fall may require less-intense intervention. Compression fractures that spontaneously develop...

Can Trigger Point Injections Help My Headaches? Aug 5th, 2021

As you probably know, headaches are extremely common. In developed countries, tension-type headaches (the most common kind) affect more than a third of men and half of women. And of those people, up to 1 adult in 20 has a headache every day. Migraine, a neurological headache disorder, affects at...

5 Common Signs of Fibromyalgia Jun 16th, 2021

Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic pain syndrome that affects about 10 million Americans and 3-6% of people worldwide. Women are more predisposed toward it — 75-90% of cases are women — but men and children also suffer from it, and all ethnic groups are affected. At Pinnacle Pain and Spine,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine May 20th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Treatment Options for Your Herniated Disc May 4th, 2021

A herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the jellied center of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the tough, rubbery exterior. This can press on nerves and cause pain. You may also experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in the muscles...

Healing From Elbow Fracture Repair Surgery: What to Expect Apr 8th, 2021

The elbow absorbs an incredible amount of stress and movement each day of your life. In addition to common repeated-use injuries from golf, tennis, or baseball, your elbow joint can be injured in an accident. After a painful elbow joint fracture and repair surgery, your body needs time to heal. ...

Sports Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know Mar 3rd, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world. Though we learn more and more about the disease on a regular basis, we still have many questions that may take years to answer.  For many of us, COVID-19 has changed how we work and socialize, not to mention how we exercise....

U.S News Article on Chronic Pain Features Dr. Matthew Crooks Jul 8th, 2020

“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 pain you might have immediately after an accident or...

5 Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief Nov 8th, 2019

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 in preventing or reducing back pain. Keeping the muscles...

Treatments to Reduce Inflammation and Minimize Back Pain Nov 1st, 2019

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, involving disruptions with the physical components of your back and how they fit...

When is Back Surgery Necessary? Oct 22nd, 2019

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, back surgery is sometimes the...

Answering Your Questions About Degenerative Disc Disease Oct 15th, 2019

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 allowing us to bend...

Simple and Effective Stretches to Help Back Pain Sep 12th, 2019

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. Stretching is something that you can conveniently do throughout your day and is an...

Bone Spurs in the Back: A Brief Guide Aug 23rd, 2019

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. However, pain can also be a sign of...

Epidural Steroid Injections: What You Need to Know Aug 12th, 2019

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 properly or to allow a patient to continue recovering with physical...

5 Ways to Increase Blood Flow to Reduce Back Pain Jul 31st, 2019

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. One method in particular that has shown to be beneficial is increasing blood...

The Fentanyl Epidemic – Pinnacle Pain and Spine May 29th, 2019

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7 Groundbreaking Non-Opioid Alternatives for Pain Management Nov 8th, 2018

Typically prescribed to treat acute pain from an injury or surgery, opioids trigger the release of endorphins—the same feel-good neurotransmitters that are released after exercise, a great date or taking a bite of chocolate. They dampen the perception of pain and boost feelings of happiness and well-being. But the relief...

Executive Posture Aug 24th, 2018

Executive Posture Is 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...

These 7 New Techniques Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief Sep 19th, 2017

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 more effective than medication, a top...

Pinnacle Pain In The News Sep 13th, 2017

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Dr. Matthew Crooks on Good Morning Arizona talking about pain management without using opioids Sep 12th, 2017

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. ← Why Did Kobe Go to Germany Pinnacle Pain...

Why Did Kobe Go to Germany Dec 9th, 2016

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 points per game and rebounds. (As always,...

Stephen Curry had platelet-rich plasma treatment on his right knee Dec 9th, 2016

In an attempt to speed up his return to the Golden State Warriors’ lineup, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment on the right knee he sprained during the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:...

Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain Dec 9th, 2016

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, but keep these facts in mind. Heat Brings more blood to the area where it is applied. Reduces joint stiffness and muscle spasm, which makes it useful when muscles are...