Dr. Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 44

Pain Medicine

Dr. Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Mesa, AZ and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons medical school in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD

Desert Pain Institute

6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(480) 325-3801

Telehealth available

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Dr. Hurst-Wicker's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats Low Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Chronic Pain
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats Chronic Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Hurst-Wicker's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Botox® for Chronic Migraine
  • Bursa Injection
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Block
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Compression Fracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Discography
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Pain
  • Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Block
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Ischial Bursa Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthropathy
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Synvisc® Injection
  • Tendon and Bursa Injection
  • Third Occipital Nerve Block
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis

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Dr. Hurst-Wicker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Hurst-Wicker

3.1

Based on 19 ratings

5 Stars
47.36842105263158%
(9)
4 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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1 Star
42.10526315789474%
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Dr H is a partner in my pain management treatment. He listens, provides information on alternatives, and ultimately works with me to reach the right course of treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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PMc – Sep 03, 2021
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I have been seeing Dr. Hurst-Wicker for 3 years now. He is an excellent physician. He listens to his patients and provides a variety of options for treatment. He genuinely cares about patient care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Robbin in Mesa, AZ – Oct 22, 2018
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Dr Hurst-Wicker is a very kind, patient, and competent doctor. He explains the situation and what can be done about it clearly and he has helped me immeasurably. The staff at the front desk are friendly and capable, and his staff are always outstanding. They explain what they are doing each step of the way. I've been going to him for several years for arthritic complications that other doctors had not helped. Each time he has done what was needed to make me feel better and to be more mobile
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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mary in Apache Jct – Jun 14, 2018
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Due to recent CDC guidelines he cut my dose of narcotics in half (a does I had been taking regularly for for 4 years) for safety reasons. Which was ok but he did not cover the extra pain I had due to the cut back in narcotics. He told me my pain receptors would "reset" and I was "completly healthy". After 45 days of increased back pain (I have multiple level degeneration of the lower spine) I left. I don't think he really cared or believed me. I found a new provider that has helped me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Portland, OR – Jul 20, 2017
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Extremely pleasant demeanor and presence. Dr. Hurst-Wicker and his staff were all professional and made me feel at ease with pain issues I was having despite my fear that it maybe more serious. I was provided an easy explanation of my symptoms and the roadmap to recovery. I would highly recommend Dr. Hurst-Wicker to friends and family!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Hector in Chandler, AZ – Oct 26, 2016
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Dr. Hurst-Wicker is a skilled physician and diagnostician, and he is personable. He performs a thorough physical exam and history, and as a retired board certified emergency nurse, I know what how important those things are. No other pain doctor has done these things, or made me feel they are interested in my outcome. My pain will require ongoing care, but I have never experienced such success in pain reduction. He is my pain care partner and share my values for wanting integrative care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Celeste Cooper in Mesa, AZ – Apr 26, 2016
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Care Philosophy

Dr Hurst-Wicker's philosophy is to use multi-disciplinary care to manage pain and optimize the patient's ability to resume their function and return to...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2010
University of Utah
Fellowship Hospital
2009
University of Utah
Residency Hospital
2006
University of Utah
Internship Hospital
2005
Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School
2000
Boston Univ
Undergraduate School
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What are Dr. Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Hurst-Wicker frequently treats Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Chronic Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Hurst-Wicker treats.

Where is Dr. Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD's office located?

Dr. Hurst-Wicker's office is located at 6309 E Baywood Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Desert Pain Institute

Desert Pain Institute6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler, AZ

72% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% higher than the national average

20 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Gilbert, AZ

76% Patients that would definitely recommend, 6% higher than the national average

13 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)