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Back Pain Specialist

Pinnacle Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Medicine Physician & Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, & Chandler, AZ

Certain disorders can cause long-term back pain and varying degrees of disability that don't improve without expert care. If back pain affects your ability to lead a normal life, Matthew Crooks, MD, Jessica Byrd FNP-C, AP-PMN, and Emma Dambi, FNP-C, at Pinnacle Pain and Spine can help. At locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Fountain Hills, Arizona, they deliver effective solutions to the misery of back pain. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What might be causing my back pain?

Back pain is most often due to damaged bones, connective tissues, muscles, nerves, or cartilage in your spine. Poor posture, overexertion, and lifting, pushing, or pulling objects using incorrect techniques are all easy ways to hurt your back.

Conditions that commonly cause severe or chronic back pain include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral compression fractures 
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Scoliosis

Many of these conditions develop over time as a result of wear. For instance, your discs might get weaker, dry out, or flatten, your spinal column might change shape, or your vertebrae may shift slightly. These changes can compress or pinch nearby nerves, leading to back pain.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Crooks can typically determine the cause of your back pain from your symptoms. He conducts a physical examination to assess your pain levels, flexibility, and range of motion.

If Dr. Crooks needs to confirm the cause of your back pain, he might order an X-ray, MRI, or bone scan.

Tests don't always identify the cause of back pain, but even if you don't have a definitive diagnosis Dr. Crooks can still treat you successfully in most cases.

How is back pain treated?

The treatment Dr. Crooks recommends depends on the type of back pain you have. Some common treatment options include physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), acupuncture, trigger point injections, regenerative medicine injections, and anti-inflammatory medications.

Pinnacle Pain and Spine also offers a range of injectable treatments for back pain, including:

  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Thoracic and lumbar medial branch blocks

If these treatments aren't working or are unsuitable for your condition, Dr. Crooks can perform several minimally invasive procedures.

What minimally invasive procedures treat back pain?

Minimally invasive procedures Dr. Crooks uses to treat back pain include:

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

These treatments involve an injection of special cement to stabilize bones affected by vertebral compression fractures. Kyphoplasty also helps raise the height of the vertebrae.

Radiofrequency ablation

Using heat generated by radiofrequency energy, Dr. Crooks destroys the pain nerves in your spine so they can't send signals to your brain.

Spinal cord stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable device that sends out electrical impulses to interfere with messages going from your spine to your brain.

If you're affected by severe or persistent back pain, call Pinnacle Pain and Spine or book an appointment online today for effective pain relief.