“Interventional spine” treatment is a fairly new term, coined by pain specialists referring to injection of or near the spine, usually involving local anesthetic or steroid. It is really a poor term, since no lay person knows what it means, and even professionals are confused. For example, with wouldn’t a surgical laminectomy be considered an interventional spine treatment? Even the word interventional is awkward, since it implies that rather than sit on one’s hands, a practitioner of some specialty, decides to ‘intervene’. Why would this not include medication? That’s intervening, or an attempt to do so.  Physical therapy, isn’t that a hands on intervention of sorts, possibly one of the more intervening of all interventions.

intervention /in·ter·ven·tion/ (-ven´shun)                                                                                                           

1.   the act or fact of interfering so as to modify

2.  any measure whose purpose is to improve health or alter the course of disease.

Aren’t all practitioners, whether physicians, chiropractors, therapists (physical, psycho, massage) all interested in improving the status of an ailing patient? I would suggest the term be considered a redundancy which does not clarify but obfuscates and tends to diminish the huge accomplishments by providers who happen not drive needles.




About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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