Dr. Michael DePalma, MD

Dr. Michael DePalma, MD

Interventional Spine Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 44
Dr. Michael DePalma, MD is an interventional spine medicine specialist in Richmond, VA and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Medical University Of South Carolina in 1999 and specializes in interventional spine medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation.

9020 Stony Point Pkwy Ste 140

Richmond, VA 23235

Contact Information

(804) 330-0303

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • 3 More

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Top Care Areas

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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
more than 98% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. DePalma "Less Pain. Better Function. Fewer Drugs. Dr. DePalma specializes in minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to help determine and treat the source of your back pain."

2  Specialties

  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

2  Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

53  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain
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16  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • Medical University Of South Carolina
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Ohio State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • www.vaispine.com, 2011
  • Richmond TOP DOCS, 2008, 2011
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. DePalma's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. DePalma to family and friends
77 total reviews (25 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (77)

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Dr. DePalma's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (25)

I did not feel that the staff was helpful or supportive. Making appointments was always at least a week away. When you are in pain and no relief is offered, a week feels like a lifetime. He provides no prescription pain medication and if the process does not locate the site of the cause of pain,...more
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We strive to treat all patients as if they are family members. Our staff clearly state when patients are making their new patient appointments that ViSP providers do not prescribe narcotics at new patient appointments but rather often use other modalities to help control pain. We also do our best to get patients in as soon as possible but do have to wait for the insurance carriers to authorize your visit and must wait for documentation from them to reach our office before you can be scheduled.

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My first shot given to me was at the surgery center and it was not even a steroid shot. It was a shot of lidocaine that was explained afterwards as an exploratory shot to ensure the area was correct. $820 later, I was told that it was the patient's responsibility to know their insurance and how...more
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Our providers use an evidence based approach with diagnostic blocks to pinpoint the source of the pain. The next step may be for therapeutic injections using steroid medications. Our billing dept staff go above and beyond industry standards to help patients determine their out of pocket costs ahead of time for their visits. It is ultimately the patient's responsibility to contact their insurance provider and understand what their expenses will be based on the insurance plan they have selected.

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I would without a doubt , recommend Dr. DePalma to anyone that needed back or spine pain. I have been going to this doctor for years. He has greatly helped me. I also took my mom to him and he did a great job on her. I dont take my mom to just any doctor. He is a very special doctor.
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If his only problem was he has no personality I would give him 5 stars. I was a number to Dr. DePalma and only a number.. When you are in severe pain you need someone who is there for you. This doctor is NOT. He gives you shots etc but if they don't work that's it for you. I saw him once I his...more
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It is unfortunate you feel this way. Finding relief from pain can take time. At ViSP, the physicians focus on diagnosing the source of the pain before moving moving forward and this may take multiple visits. I can assure you our physicians never gave up on you as you imply. Every year our practice brings on new Fellow Physicians in training, for a one year program, which allows Dr. DePalma to mentor and train others in his field. This has always been the ViSP model. We wish you good luck.

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I came to Dr. DePalma having to use a cane to walk due to my lower back and severe leg pain. He correctly diagnosed what the problem was and recommended what had to be done. I am now about 90% recovered, not needing a cane to walk and I look forward to getting to the remaining 10%. Dr. DePalma and...more
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