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Santhosh A. Thomas, DO, MBA
Medical Director, Center for Spine Health
Cleveland Clinic
Avon, OH
Dr. Thomas is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Santhosh A. Thomas, DO, MBA

Dr. Santhosh Thomas is the Medical Director of the Center for Spine Health and Associate Medical Director of the Richard E. Jacobs Medical Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Avon, OH. He is the Co-Director of the Medical Spine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. Furthermore, Dr. Thomas is a board certified physician specializing in spine, sports, and musculoskeletal medicine and pain management.

He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. Dr. Thomas performed an internship at Massapequa General Hospital, Seaford, NY, and Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New York University Medical Center, and received fellowship training in interventional spine care and pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Thomas received a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Medicine; International Spine Intervention Society; and, the North American Spine Society.

Publications

1. What Really Makes Your Back Hurt. Shape Magazine, April 2008, Pg. 104-108.

2. Thomas SA. Spondylolisthesis: Epidemiology and Assessment. In: Slipman C, Derby (eds): Interventional Spine: An Algorhithmic Approach. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsievier; 2008: 1077-1084.

3. The Role of Electrodiagnostic Testing in the Diagnosis of Radiating Pain. Frontiers in Rehabilitation. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Winter 2006-2007, Pg. 3.

4. 5 Ways You Can Beat Lower Back Pain. Arthritis Advisor. 2007; 6:May Lead Article.

5. Spinal Procedures Workshop Series Revamped. The Physiatrist. Dec 2006/Jan 2007 22: 10 8-9.

6. Fitting Form and Function at Home: Plain Dealer. January 11, 2007. Pg F4.

7. Two in Bed: Z Guide for Couples. Men's Health. December 2006, Pg 154.

8. Sofabed Back. Reader's Digest. December 2006, Pg 147.

9. Orr, RD, Thomas SA. Intradural Migration of Broken IDET Catheter Causing a Radiculopathy. J Spinal Disord Tech 2005; 18:185-187.

10. Interventional Efforts Can Offer Lasting Relief. The Sun Herald. May 27, 2004. Pg A10.

11. Scoliosis Requires Regular Checkups. The Sun Herald. March 25, 2004.

12. Aging Process is a Real Pain in the Back. Lakewood Sun Post. March 04, 2004. Pg C6

13. Children Can Have Back Pain Too. The Sun Herald. October 9, 2003. Pg. A14 Cleveland, Ohio.

14. Thomas, SA. Spinal Stenosis: History and Physical Examination. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 2003; 14:29-39.

15. Botwin KP, Thomas S, Gruber RD, Torres FM, Bouchlas CC, Rittenberg JJ, Rao S: Radiation Exposure of the Spinal Interventionalist Performing Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002; 83:697-701.

16. Thomas S. The Zygapophysial Joint and Low Back Pain. The Spinal Column, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Winter 2001; 1-2.

17. Thomas SA, Wilbourn AJ. Palmar Digital Neuropathy Post Carpal Tunnel Release. Muscle & Nerve 2001; 24:1410-1411.

18. Botwin KP, Gruber RD, Bouchlas CG, Torres-Ramos FM, Hanna A, Rittenberg J, Thomas SA: Complications of fluoroscopically guided caudal epidural injections. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2001; 80:416-424.

19. Contributing Author: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pearls. Hanley & Belfus, Editor: Lennard TA 2001. ISBN 1-56053-455-9.

20. Thomas SA, Figueroa LG, Botwin KB, Gruber RD, Rittenberg JD. Epidural Steroid Injection Treatment for Varicella Zoster versus Herniated Nucleus Pulposus. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2000; 81:1307.

21. Thomas SA, Figueroa LG, Gruber RD, Tandon S, Thistle H. Temporo-parietal Ischemic Insult Leading to Persistent Alien Hand Syndrome. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1999; 80:1204.

22. Thomas SA. Cerebrovascular Accidents and their Sequelae. Proceedings of The New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.Volume 67 (4) 1999.

Articles Written by Santhosh A. Thomas, DO, MBA

Dolor de espalda y envejecimiento

El dolor de espalda es muy frecuente en nuestra sociedad. A muchos de nosotros comienzan a sucedernos varias cosas en la columna a medida que envejecemos.

Interventional Pain Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Chronic Pain

The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

Alternative Treatments for Sciatica: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Biofeedback, and Yoga

Alternative treatments for sciatica include acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga. Find out which treatments are an option for you.

Role of the Pain Management Specialist

Pain management speicalists are concerned about the patient's ability to function and their quality of life.

What is Pain Management?

What happens when back pain doesn't go away? Doctor Santhosh Thomas provides information about pain and pain management.

Trochanteric Belts: Supportive Braces for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

A trochanteric belt, like a sacroiliac belt, is a spinal brace that helps treat sacroiliac joint pain and low back pain. Read this article to learn more about this type of spinal brace, and find out if this treatment might help reduce your SI joint pain.

Managing Chronic Back or Neck Pain

It can feel like chronic back or neck pain controls your life. Read about treatment options for controlling your pain. Treating chronic pain is a challenge, but you have many options: injections, surgery, spinal cord stimulation, and more.

Treatments for Back Pain Relief

Chronic pain is different from acute pain and often has to be managed over time with multiple and/or combined treatments.

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