Interventional Spine &Pain
The word "Doctor" in the English language comes from the Latin verb Docere, which literally means "to teach"? The Latin FIPP Certificate background is Docendo Discimus, “by teaching, we learn”
Dr Stretanski has been involved with and traveled to Honduras for Medical Support and Teaching Missions with Honduras Outreach International. HOI was responsible for setting up both the very existence of physical therapy in the country and the creation of PM & R Residency in the Country of Honduras. He treated everything from back pain, and machete injuries to acute gunshot wounds. Due to weather, Dr Mike ended-up in San Pedro Sula rather than the city of Tegucigalpa. He bribed Honduran airport officials and police to let him have his equipment and catch up with his team. Carrying 60 pounds of supplies and his EMG machine Dr Mike hitch-hiked and walked between the cities at night to meet up with his team of doctors, orthotists and therapists who had come out of Texas. An initial approach by a bunch of "gang-bangers" who were planning on mugging Dr Mike (or worse) turned into a helpful ride part way - right up to and turning him loose at the border of another gang's territory. Dr Mike slipped quietly through the dry Honduran night to a bus stop and then was picked up by a bunch of heroin addicts traveling the same way. They took his money and threw him out of the car when they realized he didn't have any drugs. In the end he made it to catch up with his team Upon returning to the US, Dr Mike was quoted by a reporter as saying "It's amazing how many questions a $20 bill will answer"
In his 3rd year of medical school, Mike was out for a run near the Philadelphia Art Museum. He put the initial fire out and attended to the driver. His adopted brother working the NYSE exchange congratulated him on his 15 minutes of fame that he was "At least half as popular as any stock broker who had ever been indicted."
The Driver survived and made Thanksgiving Dinner.
The dog that lives with Dr Mike will curl up under the piano and prefers Noctournes. (Night Song) "Into each life some piano lessons must fall"
Article: Intracerebroventricular morphine for refractory cancer pain: transitioning to the home setting.Michael D Adolph, Michael F Stretanski, John M McGregor, Bonnie L Rawn, Patrick M Ross, Costantino Benedetti[show abstract]The American journal of hospice & palliative care 08/2010; 27(5):326-32.Article: Neuromodulation of neuropathic pain syndrome induced by elapidae (cobra) envenomation.Michael F Stretanski[show abstract]Neuromodulation 01/2009; 12(1):44-8. · 1.19 Impact FactorArticle: Unintentional vascular uptake in fluoroscopically guided, contrast-confirmed spinal injections: a 1-yr clinical experience and discussion of findings.Michael F Stretanski, Bohdan Chopko[show abstract]American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 02/2005; 84(1):30-5. · 1.73 Impact FactorArticle: Unintentional Vascular Uptake in Fluoroscopically Guided, Contrast-Confirmed Spinal Injections: A 1Yr Clinical Experience and Discussion of FindingsMichael F. Stretanski, Bohdan ChopkoAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - AMER J PHYS MED REHABIL. 01/2005; 84(1):30-35.Article: H-reflex latency and nerve root tension sign correlation in fluoroscopically guided, contrast-confirmed, translaminar lumbar epidural steroid-bupivacaine injections.Michael F Stretanski[show abstract]Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 10/2004; 85(9):1479-82. · 2.36 Impact FactorArticle: Classical ballet: the full-contact sport.Michael F StretanskiAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 06/2002; 81(5):392-3. · 1.73 Impact FactorArticle: Medical and rehabilitation issues in classical ballet.Michael F Stretanski, G J Weber[show abstract]American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 06/2002; 81(5):383-91. · 1.73 Impact FactorSourceArticle: Osteopathic philosophy and emergent treatment in acute respiratory failure.M F Stretanski, G Kaiser[show abstract]The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 09/2001; 101(8):447-9.
Article: Unintentional vascular uptake in fluoroscopically guided, contrast-confirmed spinal injections: a 1-yr clinical experience and discussion of findings.Cited in 7 publications:
Article: Medical and rehabilitation issues in classical ballet.Cited in 3 publications:Dance-related injury.
Article: Classical ballet: the full-contact sport.Cited in 2 publications:Dance-related injury.
Article: H-reflex latency and nerve root tension sign correlation in fluoroscopically guided, contrast-confirmed, translaminar lumbar epidural steroid-bupivacaine injections.Cited in 2 publications:
ORIGINAL ARTICLENeuromodulation of Neuropathic Pain Syndrome Induced by Elapidae (Cobra) EnvenomationMichael F. Stretanski DOArticle first published online: 13 JAN 2009DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1403.2009.00187.x© 2009 International Neuromodulation SocietyIssueNeuromodulation: Technology at the Neural InterfaceVolume 12, Issue 1, pages 44–48, January 2009
He strongly believes in and supports animal therapy programs. From a research standpoint we are just beginning to understand the benefit animal therapy can have. He lives with a small non shedding hypoallergenic dog "Sweetie" who routinely sees patients with him in the Columbus and Mansfield Offices. Sweetie works hard everyday and is a valuable member of our staff. She has been to and been the topic of presentations at The American Academy of Pain Management, The World Institute of Pain and the PM&R Practice Recertification Project through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. .
With the PM&R residency behind him and Board Certification in Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr Mike obtained Board Certification in Electrophysiology (EMG/NCS) and then in Pain Management. He went on to obtain Board Certification in Disability Evaluation, then Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and developed an interest in facial rejeuvenation. Practicing predominantly Interventional Management and understanding the infancy of the specialty, Dr Mike went on to earn a Board Certification specifically in Interventional Pain Management and has accreditation to run an Interventional Pain Management Fellowship. His research topics in lipids came full circle when a patient suffering with chronic pain from an Albino Monocled Cobra bite (yes, a cobra bit his patient) presented and was eventually treated with two implanted Spinal Cord Stimulators and he published the first paper on neuromodulation of pain from an envenomation. He has never argued with anyone who says that a Cobra bite in Mansfield Ohio is a odd story.
Dr Mike hold the most relevant title of FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice).
This is an uncommon designation requiring a 5 part written exam in the US, and four more exams in Europe, for which he had to travel to Budapest, Hungary for actual live examination of his skills during Interventional Pain procedures on live volunteer patients.
This is the designation that enables a doctor to say they are
Specifically Board Certified in Interventional Pain Management, and not just Board Certified in Pain Management.
This means you have proven to the international community of doctors that you can skillfully and accurately place needles and perform procedures exactly as you say you can and to International Standards. You are judged by internationally recognized faculty from anywhere other than your home country.
At the time of this site's creation, there are still less than 500 American doctors to take and pass all parts of this evaluation. Patients who have had bad experiences with pain clinics need to, and have a right to understand that any doctor anywhere can take a weekend course and say they are trained to do pain procedures. They can also take a simple multiple choice exam on-line, pay a couple hundred dollars and they will get a paper saying they are board certified in Pain Medicine, and these doctors advertise as such. However, they are still about 3 years of training away for being eligible to take the FIPP exam. Such a piece of paper is questionable, but more common than an actual Pain Doctor. Many patients come to us having been to such shops and believe "shots don't work because I've had them" We do the best we can to explain to these patients, (Dr Mike calls them refugees) that there is a huge difference between where you are coming from and where you are at now. Patients are usually quite happy with the difference if they decide to left Dr Mike try and help them. Many refuse all treatment and leave in search of narcotics. Dr Mike is very thorough with numbing medicine and sees the use of local anesthetic as becoming a lost art. Any patient can be provided with more than ample sedation in any of our offices.
Dr Mike often has medical students on service -his parents were in primary education and were student teachers together. Teaching is in his blood. The OU-COM class of 2009 gave him the OU-COM Professorship Teaching Award and he considers this the high-point of his career. Knowing the professors to whom he and his class had given this very same award, knowing who those recipients were - (who they still are), and remembering who they were to him at the time he voted and the profound effect they had on his career, and then the idea that he was in that club .... Dr Mike was shaking when he was presented with this same award.
Like any little boy did, he had a fascination with airplanes, developed an interest in aeromedicine during his private pilot training and went on to become an FAA Senior Medical Examiner and earn FAA- HIMS-AME designation. He holds Instrument, Commercial Ratings and Multi-Engine, High-Performance and Complex Aircraft endorsements as well as holding an Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate and is working diligently towards his Flight Instructor Certificate. Among his volunteer activities he is a volunteer pilot for AngelFlight MidAtlantic and LifeLine Pilots Organization. He routinely takes people and medical students for introductory flights and teaches basic aeromedicine concepts. He does NOT execute commercial privlidges.
His publications and research have focused on the interaction between electrophysiology and interventional management, manual medicine teaching, animal therapy in outpatient settings, cobra/krait envenomation and neuromodulation, intracerebral opiates, ethics in research, dance injury and dance mechanics and general musculoskeletal care.
A Pennsylvania native, Dr Mike graduated Widener University in Chester, PA with his Bachelors in Biochemistry and area of concentration in psychology. He was always interested in healthcare and volunteered many hours as an American Red Cross Instructor for Lifeguard Training, Advanced First Aid and BCLS classes. He earned his Basic Interior and Exterior Fire-Fighter Certificates and obtained advanced training in High-Angle Rope Rescue, Flammable Liquids Suppression and Vehicle Extrication. He continued to volunteer and started graduate research at Thomas Jefferson University . The early portion of his PhD focused on lipids, membranes and solubility coefficients including 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-Glycerol-3-thiophosphorethanolanine characterization and synthesis with KP determination in Charles_River CD-1 mice.
He left this position for medical school.
A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr Mike took on an early interest in manual medicine and teaching and received the SOMA-OMM preceptorship award. He knew this was at least part of what he wanted to do. Dr Mike enjoys using and teaching manual medicine techniques, including craniosacral work and at one point or another ends up using some form of manual medicine on just about everybody. An injury in his first year of medical school paralyzed most of his left arm and caused Dr Mike to develop an interest in neurorehabilitation, neruorecovery and peripheral neurology. Having fully recovered the arm, his interest in EMG, nerve conduction and electrophysiology continued and was a very natural set-up for residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. It has been referred to as God's plan for him. After starting at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Mike then transferred to the Ohio State University where he completed residency.