Dr. Robert T. Thomas, MD

Dr. Robert T. Thomas, MD

Pain Medicine | Male | 46 years old

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Thomas believes pain should be treated and managed using many modalities. Medications, procedures, physical therapy, and psychiatric therapy are modalities he often employs together to return function and quality of life to those in pain. He also recognizes the resources and time required to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients in pain. Dr. Thomas believes painful conditions should be treated in a timely manner, and he sees all new patients as soon as possible for a new patient evaluation.Read more

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Dr. Thomas grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and...Read more

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Dr. Thomas says...

Dr. Thomas grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and Philosophy. Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. After an internship year in internal medicine, he completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Dr. Thomas' Care Philosophy

Dr. Thomas believes pain should be treated and managed using many modalities. Medications, procedures, physical therapy, and psychiatric therapy are modalities he often employs together to return function and quality of life to those in pain. He also recognizes the resources and time required to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients in pain. Dr. Thomas believes painful conditions should be treated in a timely manner, and he sees all new patients as soon as possible for a new patient evaluation.

Dr. Thomas says...

Dr. Thomas tries to make the complexity of pain simple by establishing a diagnosis and identifying the pain generator and amplifier. If those cannot be repaired, he then attempts to find the nerve transmitting the pain signal and stop it using chemo and radiofrequency denervation techniques. This concept can be applied to most painful conditions. For example, chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain secondary to arthritis can be successfully managed by denervating the sensory nerve supply from the joint.

Dr. Thomas' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  •  Malpractice claims in Alabama not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center

    Graduated in 2006

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Oklahoma
  • Residency Hospital
    University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)

    Completed in 2009

  • Fellowship Hospital
    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Completed in 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Research
  • Phlebology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Procedures Performed

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate