Dr. Richard Thoma, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 42

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. He is affiliated with Grandview Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Thoma to book an appointment.

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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
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No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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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 99% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Thoma treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Thoma treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Thoma's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • 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
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • 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
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • 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 Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(205) 208-9001

Dr. Thoma accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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

Dr. Thoma's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Thoma

4.2

Based on 33 ratings

5 Stars
69.6969696969697%
(23)
4 Stars
9.090909090909092%
(3)
3 Stars
3.0303030303030303%
(1)
2 Stars
3.0303030303030303%
(1)
1 Star
15.151515151515152%
(5)
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What went well
  • Office environment (24)
  • Explained conditions well (22)
  • Listened & answered questions (22)
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly (6)
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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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
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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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
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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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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No results
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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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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4 people found this helpful
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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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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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
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • 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
4 people found this helpful
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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.
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
2 people found this helpful
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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.
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
2 people found this helpful
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Robyn in Warrior – Apr 18, 2018
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I absolutely love Dr. Thoma.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
1 person found this helpful
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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.
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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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.
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
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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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.
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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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.
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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Rosalind Tucker in Birmingham – Apr 11, 2018
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Natalie is awesome she takes great care of me and keeps me straight ??????
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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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!!
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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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.
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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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.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Barbara A Allen, Ed.D.TuF?? in Tuscaloosa, AL – Mar 22, 2018
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Thoma believes in using a multimodal approach to improve his patients' pain, functionality, and overall quality of life. His interest in pain management...Read more

Biography

Dr. Thoma grew up in the Atlanta area before receiving his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and his medical degree from Emory University. He completed...Read more

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Richard Thoma, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Thoma has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Richard Thoma, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Richard Thoma, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Thoma frequently treats Chronic Pain, Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome, and Osteoarthritis of Spine. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Thoma treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Thoma, MD's office located?

Dr. Thoma's office is located at 2010 Patton Chapel Rd Ste 200, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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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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Affiliated Hospitals

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Grandview Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average