Dr. Richard Thoma, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 41
  
Dr. Thoma
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Cahaba Pain and Spine Care

2010 Patton Chapel Rd Ste 200 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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(205) 208-9001

Dr. Richard Thoma, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Vestavia Hills, AL and has been practicing for 10 years. He specializes in pain medicine and anesthesiology.


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(205) 208-9001

Dr. Thoma accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Commercial Insurance Company
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
First Choice Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MedCost
MedCost PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
SelectHealth
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wells Fargo Insurance

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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Typically treats 69% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Spondylosis more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Typically treats 58% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Chronic Pain more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Intervertebral Disc Disease
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 79% of their peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 79% of their peers

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Dr. Thoma's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Chronic Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis

Dr. Thoma's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Thoma's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Thoma

4.2

Based on 32 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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I have been a patient of Dr. Thoma since 2013. Prior to finding him I had seen more than 100 doctors who didn’t have the time of day to help me. Dr. Thoma was the only one who took the time to do the research and proper testing to discover my diagnosis and create a treatment plan, 6 years later he is still just as determined to treating me. You will never find a more dedicated Care Team,Emily Walker is by far the most caring, knowledgeable, understanding, compassionate CRNP you will ever find
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Mar 29, 2019
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Dr Thoma has been treating my back pain with scoliosis using RF ablation. He is very concerned and humane
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Mar 29, 2019
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I have been using Dr. Toma about 2 years. He will do everything within his power to make you better. He has a great bedside manner. He prescribes all medicines that I need to help with my pain and the blocks do help with your pain. I recommend Dr.Toma and his whole staff to all my friends
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Mar 29, 2019
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Easy to make an appointment and seen quickly
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Mar 27, 2019
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Dr.Thoma and staff are excellent,l highly recommend him
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Mar 08, 2019
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During first appt., Dr. Thoma LISTENED to me to get a clear understanding of my condition. Very reassuring and compassionate during procedures. Dr. Thoma and Cahaba Pain are continually trying to find solutions for my pain relief aside from just medicating. Office staff is friendly and polite as well as professional.
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Toni Thomas in Calera, AL – Mar 06, 2019
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Dr Thoma and his staff are friendly, helpful and great! I highly recommend Cahaba Pain and Spine.
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Peggy, AL – Mar 05, 2019
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Doesn't ask about your history tell you the first visit that medicine will be turned down. Don't understand the disease. First thing said is will take you off your med. Will not see dr anymore unless you have a procedure which they push highly. See nurse practitioner for only 5 to 10 minutes just to tell you dr said to turn you down on pain meds even if you are in considerable pain and med is not even holding. Just keep saying he wants you cut down.
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Birmingham – Oct 19, 2018
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If you have fibromyalgia or any kind of pain other than spine disorders, don’t go to this clinic. They will take you off of your meds and leave you to suffer with nothing in its place. They could care less about the human equation! SMH
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Gina in Sylacauga , AL – Oct 10, 2018
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Dr Thoma is an excellent doctor! Besides being such a fine doctor, he is a rare find- one who really cares about his patients. I highly recommend him.
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Gloria Banks in Decatur, AL – Jun 29, 2018
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Dr. Thoma really takes the time to listen. The staff is very kind and helpful. I have had several procedures done with Dr. Thoma and his staff and they have always treated me professionally and with care. I am also in the health-care field and would highly recommend him and his practice.
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Robyn in Warrior – Apr 18, 2018
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I absolutely love Dr. Thoma.
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Cullman – Apr 18, 2018
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We have been using Dr Thoma for many years. We have always had excellent care and service. His offfice personnel are always helpful and friendly, while maintaining professionalism. Dr. Thoma’s Care has always been right on target. He listens to my concerns and is always willing to look for the best solutions to my problems. Highly recommend without reservation.
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Randy Hogan in Trafford, Al – Apr 12, 2018
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Dr. Thoma has been helping me manage my lower back pain since August 2017. I would not see anyone else. He and his staff genuinely care about their patients and give the best care.
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Heidi Lloyd – Apr 12, 2018
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Dr. Thoma and his assistant Emily and so kind and caring. They take the time to explain things to you and they really care about you.
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Shannon Salter in Quinton – Apr 11, 2018
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I love the personalized care and treatment that I get from Dr. Thoma and everyone at Cahaba Pain and Spine center. Your care and comfort is always their first concern. I recommend them to anyone who needs pain management services.
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Rosalind Tucker in Birmingham – Apr 11, 2018
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Natalie is awesome she takes great care of me and keeps me straight ??????
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Monica Purifoy in Birmingam,Al – Apr 05, 2018
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I love Dr Thoma and his staff, I have been coming here for over a year and they have always been very kind and caring, him and have always listened to what I have to say and cared about helping me feel better!!
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Jennifer Wyatt – Mar 29, 2018
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Ì was ßo sad when Dr. Thoma left the other office .I was so glad when ì found him on my computer.
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Rodney Troulias in Adamaville,al – Mar 23, 2018
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Dr. Thoma and staff are very proficient, cordial, and seeks to please/accommodate patients. During my tenure at Cahaba Pain I believe my medical needs and concerns have been addressed very well. I look forward to my visits but would like to see Dr. Thoma more. I love my practitioner but feel the need to see Dr. Thoma more. I appreciate the email reminders and the ability to view my health reports by email. The technology here is very helpful to “Me”. Thank you ?? 3-21-18 Barbara A. Allen, Ed.D.
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About Me

Dr. Thoma believes in using a multimodal approach to improve his patients' pain, functionality, and overall quality of life. His interest in pain management was born during his residency when he cared for patients suffering from chronic pain in multiple settings including the operating room, the intensive care unit, and the pain clinic.

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Education

2010
University of Virginia Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2009
University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)
Residency Hospital

Awards

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Locations

Cahaba Pain and Spine Care

Cahaba Pain and Spine Care2010 Patton Chapel Rd Ste 200 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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  • Hours
    • Mon: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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