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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 also serves as Co-Director of the Medical Spine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. Dr. Thomas is a board-certified physician specializing in back and neck pain, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain management.

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

Dr. Thomas’ contributions to the spine and pain management fields include more than 340 published works. He is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society, and the North American Spine Society.


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

Physical Therapy Center

The SpineUniverse Physical Therapy Center provides helpful information about physical therapies used to treat neck and back pain caused by a spinal disorder. Passive therapies include ultrasound and massage, and active PT involves exercise.

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

Many patients report alternative treatments help relieve sciatica and low back and leg pain. Read how acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback, and yoga are used to treat sciatica pain and related symptoms.

Managing Chronic Back or Neck Pain

Treating chronic pain is a challenge, but you have many options: injections, surgery, spinal cord stimulation, and more.

Anticonvulsant Medication May Help Relieve Neuropathic Neck and Back Pain

Anticonvulsant medication may reduce neuropathic neck and back pain that originates in the spine's nerves. An anticonvulsant, such as gabapentin, may be prescribed as a first line drug therapy or an adjuvant medicine for spine nerve pain.

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.

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.

Role of the Pain Management Specialist

Pain management doctors are pain medicine specialists who work to reduce their patients' pain, improve functional abilities and quality of life. The pain management team is made up of different medical professionals including physiatrists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, and physical therapists.

Informed Consent in Plain Language

Knowing your rights related to informed consent will allow you to make decisions about your health with full knowledge and confidence.

What is Pain Management?

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

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.

Articles Reviewed by Santhosh A. Thomas, DO, MBA

Early Occupational Intervention for Chronic Low Back Pain Does Not Add to Benefits of Usual Care

Low back pain interventions that include an explanation of the pain may be sufficient to limit sick leave in patients with LBP and physically demanding jobs.

Overcoming Barriers to Non-surgical Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Many patients with lumbar spinal stenosis are willing to comply with non-surgical treatment recommendations, including exercise, but face various barriers to treatment compliance, according to a qualitative study.

Physical Therapy for Cervical Radiculopathy Linked to Improved Post-surgical Outcomes

New findings suggest that physical therapy and epidural injections may have beneficial effects on post-surgical outcomes in patients with degenerative non-myelopathic cervical radiculopathy.

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