Dr. Matthew Crooks, MD

Dr. Matthew Crooks, MD

Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 44
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Matthew Crooks is a double board certified, fellowship trained interventional pain specialist. He has had the distinction of training with leading experts in pain medicine at two of the nation's top hospitals, with extensive training in acute and chronic pain management, completing residency in Anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, he had the honor of being selected Chief Resident of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for the 2008-2009 year. During fellowship in Pain Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Crooks served as Chair of the Resident Section Committee of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine(ASRA), focusing on teaching and developing the next generation of pain specialists. Dr. Crooks has published both articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters in the field of pain management, and is actively involved in research focusing on outcomes studies of interventional pain procedures, as well as developing new pain treatments. Delivering the highest quality patient care has been the primary focus of Dr. Crooks throughout his career in medicine. He believes that the best attribute a physician can have is the ability to listen to their patient, and to understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. This relationship is essential in managing chronic pain, restoring function, and getting back to life. Dr. Crooks has been practicing interventional pain medicine in Arizona since 2010, and has been voted a "Top Doc" in Pain Management by Phoenix physicians in Phoenix Magazine. His clinical interests include spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation and neuromodulation by spinal cord stimulator. He is well versed in interventional and multimodal pain management, and is passionate about improving the lives of his patients by limiting the impact of chronic pain. In his free time, Dr. Crooks enjoys basketball, tennis, travelling, and especially spending time with his wife and two sons.

9023 E Desert Cove Ave Ste 101

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Contact Information

(480) 407-6400

Insurance Accepted

  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Aetna
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Banner Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Cigna
  • 14 More

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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 93% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 92% of peers

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  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • Arthrography
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Piriformis Injection
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of California at Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
  • Chicago Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Ucsf/Alameda County Medical Center Internal Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • University Of California / Division Of Pain Management
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Crooks has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Crooks' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Crooks to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Crooks' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr Crooks has been taking care of me and my back pain for several years now. I have five bulging disks and the pain I was having before seeing him was dibilitating. I can live pretty much a pain free life while under his care. He and his staff treats you like family. Highly recommend him. Might find a bit of a wait due to the amount of time he spends with each patient. He listens to all your concerns, answer all questions and starts a treatment plan.
in Phoenix, AZ |
I have suffered from chronic lower back pain for 7 years since my spinal fusion in 2010. I didn’t think anything could be done to relieve the pain until I read about Dr Crooks online. I met with him and he explained to me that nerve ablation, could reduce the pain in my lower back. I underwent the treatment and the difference is amazing. I have little to no pain any more. Dr Crooks is a warm and friendly person, but very detail oriented about his work as the results show.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
I have multiple supine problems. The only treatment is major reconstructive surgery which I choose not to do. I have been to multiple pain centers that did not work out. I went to Dr. crooks and was extremely happy with the care and concern and his positive attitude and concern for my pain. I am receiving RFAs from him and want to let everyone know that my experiences with him and his staff have been wonderful. I would recommend Dr. crooks to anyone who is in need of this type of care.
in Buckeye, AZ |
Dr. Crooks is the best. I will and have followed him for years.
in Gold Canyon, AZ |
Dr. Crooks is everything a patient could want in a doctor: excellent training, skill and knowledge, a keen desire to keep giving the best care for his patients, compassionate listening and responsive action. He has hired a staff who matches his goals and demeanor. The radio frequency ablation has not only freed me from a debilitating life of pain but also reduced inflammation to my optic nerve resulting in restoring my vision. I wouldn't go to any other doctor. Dr Crooks is the best.
in tempe, az |
The best there is! If you are suffering, please call his office. He is brilliant and will work tirelessly to restore you back to health.
in Tempe, AZ |
I love Dr. Crooks! He has helped me so much. He got a special compounded medication for me that keeps me from taking pills, he recommended me to an orthotic company for a reduced cost, and he is always willing to spend as long with me as I feel like talking about my condition. I was running out of hope in medicine before I met him to treat my post-op RSD.
in Phoenix, AZ |
in Chandler, AZ |
Excellent experience! Dr Crooks was referred to me, I have alot of nerve issues going on in the lower lumbar area and I was told he was one of the best with what I needed. He is very caring towards his patients and you can tell when you are talking with him that he is not someone who is going to rush you through the process. He takes his time and really seems to care about getting the end result for his patients. I would not consider going elsewhere!
in Sun City West, AZ |
Great Doc. Need someone who listens, cares, and provide good care, he is the one.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
Dr. Crooks is amazing; after I collapsed in an airport the day after having a CT Mylogram & was rushed to a hospital, I was released before being diagnosed with leaking spinal fluid; unbelievable for a hospital known for spinal injuries! The next day I barely managed to fly home to AZ, vomiting & extremely ill. My primary Doc had me see Dr. Crooks who got me in immediately & said I was in fact leaking spinal fluid & needed a Blood Patch. I was better immediately. I am so grateful to Dr.Crooks..
in Stanfield, AZ |
Dr. Crooks has given me my life back. I'm a firefighter, a barrel racer, and mother of 2 young boys with a very active lifestyle living on a ranch. I almost had to stop doing what I loved since I was in such pain & so irritable. For 25 years I've suffered with chronic headaches & scapula knots/pain. No other specialist or neurologist has been able to get me out of pain & stop my headaches, until Dr Crooks! He's gifted, listens, cares, fast, and won't stop trying until you're pain free. RFA's
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Crooks has an excellent bedside manner. He is very good in what he does, but what makes him better is he knows his limits and is never hesitant to refer his patients to other specialist or seek out other expert opinions. He is very good in recruiting his patients to participate in their care by thoroughly discussing with them the pros and cons and what is expected short and long term while under and after his care.
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Dr. Crooks accepts 23 insurance carriers
  • Accountable Health Plans of America
    Accountable Health Plans of America PPO
  • Aetna
    Health Fund POS
    Health Fund PPO
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Banner Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
    Beech Street (Multiplan) POS
    Beech Street (Multiplan) PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Choice
    Blue Choice PPO
    Blue Preferred
    Blue Preferred PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Indemnity EPO
    Open Access
    Open Access Plus
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Fortified Provider Network
    Fortified Provider Network PPO
  • Galaxy Health Network
    Galaxy Health Network PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care
    Choice Care Network PPO
    Choice Care PPO
    Choice PPO
    Humana EPO
    Humana HMO
    Humana POS
    Humana PPO
  • Medicare
    Medicare Advantage PPO
  • MultiPlan
  • PacifiCare Health Systems
    PacifiCare Health Systems HMO
  • PHCS
  • SCAN Health Plan
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare
    Tricare PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice EPO
    Choice Plus
    Options PPO
    Secure Horizons
  • USA Managed Care Organization
    USA Managed Care Organization PPO

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