Dr. James Thacker Jr, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 69

Dr. Thacker Jr

Huntsville Pain Management, Inc.

185 Chateau Dr Sw Huntsville, AL 35801

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(256) 885-1605

Dr. James Thacker Jr, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Huntsville, AL and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine medical school in 1983. He is affiliated with medical facilities Decatur Morgan Hospital Parkway Campus and Huntsville Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Thacker Jr to book an appointment.

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Dr. Thacker Jr's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Dr. Thacker Jr treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

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

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

Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thacker Jr treats Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Dr. Thacker Jr's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Back Procedure
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Discography
  • 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 Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Pain Procedure
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Thacker Jr accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Federal Employee Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS

Dr. Thacker Jr's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Thacker Jr

4.2

Based on 58 ratings

5 Stars
72.41379310344827%
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
5.172413793103448%
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Dr.Thacker is amazing he really tries to help and makes you feel like you’re not just another number. The majority of the staff is awesome. The blonde nurse wasn’t very friendly. She kept her back to me the whole time, was very short with me. I could tell she really didn’t care what I was saying. The worst one is the office manager. I had issues with my insurance. She kept preaching to me that I need to look at my statements from the insurance etc. then come to find out she was over charging me and getting paid from my insurance!!!! This went on for MONTHS!!! Then if it couldn’t get worse she tried not to give me my money back. Said that I could just use it for my copays!!! This was a decent amount of money I could use on other bills. She never apologized for basically telling me to educate myself when in fact she was the uneducated one! I found out in the waiting room that she was the doctors wife. Which explains a lot. Other than that/her I love my experience.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Aug 07, 2021
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Kind, Listens, takes action My fav nurse Sharlyn (sp?) Is genuinely precious to me and most all staff are so kind.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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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Sarah – Feb 16, 2021
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I have been a patient here for several years He and his staff are the best of the best When I go there its not like any office visit I have ever gone too and I've been in a lot of them in the years.When I leave all my questions are always answered and I have been treated with respect and loving kindness. Its like I've spent time with true family? I have read a lot of these reviews and I have never seen anything like some say .He has gone the extra mile with me and father Thank you painmanagement employees for being there for me.
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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william Vinson – Dec 31, 2020
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I’ve been a patient of Dr. Thacker for the past few years now and coming to him has literally changed my life for the better. As someone who has multiple spinal issues, my options prior to coming to the good doc were a spinal fusion or basically suffer. I did the latter for 15 years or so before finding Dr. Thacker. Since I have been under his and his staffs care, my issues are more manageable, I feel cared for. They don’t just stack up the waiting room and run you in and out. They spend time with you, and actually listen to what’s going on with you. Then they make some really great recommendations on nutrition and supplements and pretty much any good thing that can help. They don’t just treat your pain, they treat all the underlying conditions that cause it. If you’re suffering, I would highly recommend you make a appointment and see for yourself.
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
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Mike L. – Oct 29, 2020
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Dr.Thacker went over my MRI in great detail no other doctor has done that.His whole staff made me feel so comfortable,I've never felt so at ease in a doctor's office like that.
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
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Kim Lott – Oct 28, 2020
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dr thacker is like family. his and concern is heartfelt. i would recommend him to anyone!! what a blessing in my life!!
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
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howard/kristy sensabaugh – Oct 12, 2020
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Thacker is probably the most thorough specialist who manages to go above and beyond any other physician . He is unmatched in his knowledge, ability to read your imagery and use it to find a treatment plan to help you. I have been in treatment with osteoarthritis and spondylosis for 20 plus years. This man can help you
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Can we have the bridge behind the clubhouse conver – Sep 29, 2020
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Dr. Thacker is by far, one of the best doctors I have ever had. He is very caring, and consistently recommends solutions for my pain. He is very knowledgeable and I would recommend him highly! Dr. Thacker also keeps up with the latest information on pain management. I trust him completely.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Karen W. – Sep 25, 2020
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Has a great staff they make you feel like part of the Thacker family. The only problem I have with the whole practice is 1 person she is the dark haired girl that’s ex army. She’s so busy trying to run everything she doesn’t take care of who she’s with. She’s very hateful smart elicit I hate when she waits on me. The last visit this is a week later she hasn’t sent my prescriptions to my pharmacy yet!! Enough said thank you.
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
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Bob Dunivan – Sep 25, 2020
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Dr.Thacker is great and the majority of the staff is amazing except for the b. nurse. She is very rude and cut me off every time I tried to tell her what was going on. She kept making sarcastic comments to a lot of what I was saying. I also heard her talking about another patient unkindly in the hallway. Very unprofessional. Other that those experiences it’s a great office.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
3 people found this helpful
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Sep 22, 2020
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I absolutely LOVE Dr. Thacker! I like that he takes time with you and answers any and all questions you may have. I totally trust him to advise me how to treat and live with my condition. I am totally satisfied with Dr. Thacker, and don’t believe I could find anyone as good as he is!
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
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CHRISTY – Aug 19, 2020
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Dr Thacker is a great doctor! Clinical staff and front office was amazing!
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
4 people found this helpful
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Feb 14, 2020
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Dr Thanked is an A-ONE Dr. He takes time to listen to his patients & he cares for each patient based upon their individual needs. All the nurses are wonderful as well. The only reason for 4 stars is because of the lady in the back doing the billing is one of the most hatefullest lady I've ever had to deal with... Also I would LOVE to be able to do the BioTe treatment I truly wished they had something for extremely low income ppl like myself so we'd be able to take advantage of this... ??
What went well
  • 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
3 people found this helpful
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Robin in Athens, AL – Jan 27, 2019
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Very knowledgeable physician who looks at the whole picture & develops the best plan of care based on each individuals needs. He is compassionate & respects patients' autonomy. He really is a patient-first Dr. & seems to always do what is in your best interest. We have a great physician -patient relationship. He has treated me for pain & other issues.I am a non-narcotic patient. I hope sharing my experience will help someone else bc so many people are quick to leave a negative review.
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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Les in Huntsville, AL – Oct 24, 2018
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BioTe assessment and treatment: Dr. Thacker took a full blood panel to assess my current condition (vitamin level, thyroid, testosterone, etc.). I began the BioTe program 10 months ago. I was very fit before I began BioTe but I would get fatigued in the afternoons and has trouble staying focused. I had joint discomfort (from aggressive cross fit exercise) and probably needed a little libido boost. At 56 years old I now am super fit, no joint pain and feel like a 30 year old in the bedroom ;).
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
5 people found this helpful
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R Brown in Huntsville, AL – Oct 11, 2018
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Awesome doctor!!!! He cares!!!!
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
4 people found this helpful
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Hartselle, AL – Aug 31, 2018
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I've seen Dr. Thacker for a number of years due to a car wreck in 2001 and living with chronic pain. He is a GREAT doctor, not only through his training, but also through his personal experience (watch the video on his website). Dr. Thacker actually took time to find the root of my problem. With an MRI, he could see the damage in my neck and advised me not to have chiropractic adjustments because of the damage that could be done. I trust him and he has helped me reclaim my life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • 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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Tracy L. Swayne in Madison, AL – Jun 14, 2018
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Dr Thacker is a kind and understanding doctor, but you only see him on your initial visit, and perhaps one more time. This is when his staff takes over. They are quite rude and not the least bit caring.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Judy Vaden in Madison, AL – Apr 27, 2018
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The staff is very rude both in person and by phone no option to speak to a nurse. There is no way to get the doc after hours. Patients are left in crisis with no way to reach him. Also there is something not right with the insurance the nurse only comes in after all is done she doesn't do anything she just has to SEE that you are there so they can bill.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Huntsville – Feb 11, 2018
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Office and support staff were rude and not helpful. My mother is a patient and we need to be involved in her care and pain management issues, and the support staff was very resistant to letting us attend her appointment!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Jacksons Gap, AL – Nov 22, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Huntsville Pain Management is an integrated pain management provider. We are interventional pain specialist. We treat musculoskeletal pain such as neck...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Age Management Medicine
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine Anesthesiology
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
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Education

1986
Med College Of Ga Hospital and Cli
Residency Hospital
1984
Lloyd Noland Hospital
Internship Hospital
1983
Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine
Medical School
1978
University of Georgia
Undergraduate School
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Dr. Thacker Jr frequently treats Low Back Pain, Chronic Pain, and Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Thacker Jr treats.

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Dr. Thacker Jr's office is located at 185 Chateau Dr Sw, Huntsville, AL 35801. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Huntsville Pain Management, Inc.

Huntsville Pain Management185 Chateau Dr Sw Huntsville, AL 35801
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Decatur Morgan Hospital Parkway Campus

Decatur, AL

Huntsville Hospital

Huntsville, AL

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received