Dr. Richard Thunder, MD

Dr. Richard Thunder, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 57
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Dr. Richard Thunder, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1999 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.

9850 Genesee Ave Ste 210

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 535-1075

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Thunder performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 96% of peers

Dr. Thunder's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Thunder "Torrey Pines Orthopaedics is dedicated to providing comprehensive orthopaedic care to our community. TPO was established in 1978 and has grown to include 7 physicians, two office locations, in-office extremity MRI as well as Phyiscal and Occupational Therapy. Our offices are conveniently located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and near the UTC area."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

102  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Damage - Aminosalicylic Acid
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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.

Education

  • San Diego State
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Stanford University
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Stanford University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Stanford University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Thunder has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Thunder's Reviews

3.3
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Thunder to family and friends
31 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (31)

  • 5
    (17)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (13)

Dr. Thunder's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (7)

I was very happy with my experiences, and ultimately surgery with Dr. Thunder. He saw me and diagnosed the herniated cervical disc issues I was experiencing which were so severe it resulted in surgery. One week post-surgery, the results are fantastic and I am pain free thanks to Dr. Thunder. For...more
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I went to see Dr. Thunder due to a bad leg pain. He just let me go home because I didn't do a MRI before the visit. Why he didn't let me do MRI first before going to visit him? Did he know how painful I was? Waste of money and time, especially for people who are suffering from severe pain and...more
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I agree that Dr. Thunder is a terrible Doctor. I saw him today I wanted him to look at my MRI he yawned and acted like he didn’t want to be there. I was asking him questions about the report and he seemed to be bothered by it, as he walked out of the room. He spent almost 10 mins with me, I was a...more
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Dr. Thunder is a rude, arrogant jerk of a doctor! After my bilateral core decompression/AVN surgery his "follow up" visits were so horrible. I told him I was having problems with my circulation ever since the surgery with my legs and feet going cold. He said, "Well, it's nothing I did to...more
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I was disappointed with the care shown by Dr. Thunder: acted like he'd never seen me, forgot he had sent me for an MRI; while reviewing, as I sat there, he missed the conclusion by the radiologist clearly stated in the report; and said when he saw that I'd had two serious back traumas "you must...more
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