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Dr. Clifford Baker, MD

Pain Medicine ·  Male · Age 42

Dr. Baker

Nova Spine Pain Institute

13203 N 103rd Ave Ste H5 Sun City, AZ 85351

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Dr. Clifford Baker, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Sun City, AZ and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from University of Arizona in 2005 and specializes in pain medicine, clinical neurophysiology, and more.


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Dr. Baker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baker treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Baker treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Coccygeal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baker treats Coccygeal Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Baker treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Chronic Neck Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baker treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Baker treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Baker's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dystonia
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Electrodiagnostic Procedure
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Essential Tremor
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Interventional Spine Procedure
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medication Management
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

About Me

As a physician, I believe the FIRST and most pivotal step to helping patients is building trust. This is done by listening to you and reviewing your medical history in a comprehensive manner, rather than just reading your MRI/images. My goal is to FI...

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2010
Loma Linda Univ Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
2009
Loma Linda Univ Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
2006
Loma Linda Univ Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
2005
University of Arizona
Medical School
2005
University of Arizona
Undergraduate School
2010
2009
2006
2005
2005

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Baker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Baker

4.5

Based on 133 reviews

5 Stars
85.71428571428571%
(114)
4 Stars
0.7518796992481203%
(1)
3 Stars
0.7518796992481203%
(1)
2 Stars
2.255639097744361%
(3)
1 Star
10.526315789473685%
(14)

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I returned today to Dr. Baker. I was having really bad back pain. The office spoke to him in between his procedures. They told me to come in an see his Nurse Practitioner (Allylisa) She gave me trigger point injections. to be exact. Today after a good nights sleep my pain is gone. Dr. Baker has assembled a amazing caring staff. His office manger April will take calls day and night and on weekends. It is comforting to have a medical practice that cares about there patients.
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I would definitely recommend recommend Dr. Baker. He is knowledgeable and concerned about his patients. I have been a patient of his for many years and he has helped me deal with my pain.
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Has done a helluva job managing my back pain, which has enabled me to lead a full, productive and active lifestyle.
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Dr Bakers took the time with me, he listened, and explained everything in layman’s terms.
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I have been treating with Dr Baker for 3 years. He has helped me through recent back and hip surgeries. I would recommend him to anyone who is having pain related issues. He and his staff are professional, courteous and by the service they provide you can tell they really care about their patients. In addition, Dr. Baker can provide multiple options for pain related issues. Thomas J. Zavadsky
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Dr Baker has been treating me for many years. I literally trust him with my life. The last two Saturdays he has been in and has given epidurals for a hip bursitis and saciatic nerve pain. He is doing this to help me travel next week because my son is very ill in Michigan. The staff also knows my story. Special thanks to Danielle, Jamie, And Troy who shared kind words and even hugs. There are others whose names I don’t know. I thank them all. Kathy Unger
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My osteoarthritis advanced to spinal stenosis and the cartilage in my lumbar section was gone. Bone on bone severe pain which prevented me from walking. Also I dislocated my right shoulder twice. The cartilage was torn. Bone on bone pain limiting the use of my right arm. Dr Baker performed the minimally invasive Radiofrequency Ablation [RFA] procedures on my spine and shoulder. Takes about 45 min. No pain and happy back and happy shoulder. Dr Clifford Baker is the best.
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NovaSpine is another word for factory medicine in AZ. There are so many older people with pain that the place is a zoo. You never see an MD unless you are having a procedure. All continuing care is done by revolving door PAs - some are better than others. You are a number, get in line, get stuck with a needle and move to check out AND the first question you are asked is not what hurts but what insurance you have. They want to be paid on a volume Medicare business. Go elsewhere.
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Dr. Baker was so compassionate. He took his time and listened to me. After two treatments I am back to enjoying my life. I highly recommend Dr Baker and his staff
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Very thorough. Always on time. Knowledgeable.
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Having been to other pain management providers in the East Valley, I am more than grateful to have Dr. Baker in the West Valley. His attention to detail, use of a multi faceted approach to my pain issues, and procedural treatment technique are far above the experiences I have had with other providers. He was recommended by a terrific physical therapist. Together, both have given me significantly improved outcomes with my degenerative disc disease issues, which will always be with me.
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Very unprofessional and incompetent staff like the doctor! Left with more pain then I started with, beware! Lots of excess charges and incorrect charges. This is a churn and burn facility!
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Dr. Baker helped me and now he is helping my 91 yr. old father. He is the best!
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As a veteran and chronic back pain sufferer, Dr Bakers' name has came up a lot by fellow veterans through out the valley. Working for the State of Arizona, I meet lots of people in pain. When i couldn't take it anymore, to be another number at a large cattle like pain institute, I called Nova Spine to see Dr. Baker. They got me in right away, He told me the truth, not just a "well lets try this" mentality. He has went out of his way to explain EVERYTHING. I tell Everyone about him. -S Evans.
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Dr. Baker has helped me to get back to my life. I had numbness in my hand and another doctor told me it was carpel tunnel but it was a pinched nerve plus I had swelling in my neck and I was very uncomfortable. Dr. Baker has always been professional but still approachable and listens to what you have to say. His assistants in the procedure room make you feel very comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Baker to anyone who has pain issues.
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I am so pleased to have Dr. Baker as my pain management doctor, treating me since 2009. I suffer with RA & have had spine issues. Having Dr. Baker chart the proper course of treatment has been a godsend! He analyzes my chronic pain levels & prescribes the proper doses of medication. My fears with addicting drugs are understood & he works to provide me the best drugs, to include any alternatives. He truly cares about his patients & communication with Dr. Baker is easy, concise and no nonsense.
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I was introduced to Dr. Baker last fall after having been rear-ended in my car several months earlier. He took the time & interest to absolutely understand my condition before starting on a plan to correct my back and neck issues. His communication was always very clear, concise, and open minded to make certain I understood what he was doing, planning on doing in each additional procedure, and having my feedback to confirm the progress. I am now moving out of state and will miss his skills.
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Unfortunately, not likely. This is in no way a reflection of his care, but of his office staff. First, they gave me a fax number that did not work to send my authorization. I had a number of issues dealing with their staff and ended up deciding to go with another provider. The hassle was not worth the alleged high reviews.
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After being in a car accident I had horrible neck pain and Dr Baker has fixed it. I am so very grateful for him and his staff. They were so professional and helpful through this process. I can now sleep at night and the headaches from my neck pain have now gone away as well. Thank you for giving me my normal life back!
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Dr. Baker worked with me & helped me to regain a normal life. His patience & skills helped me to understand my true source of pain. Thank you.
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