Mr John O'Dowd is a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, regarded as an expert in this field as a result of his ever-present keen interest in conjunction with the respected position in the world of back pain he has established. He has extensive experience diagnosing, treating and managing all types of spinal conditions and disorders, seeing both private patients as well as preparing medico-legal reports for people who have suffered spinal injuries.
Mr O’Dowd is in a full-time clinical practice dedicated to the treatment of common spinal problems and although he has surgical expertise, his main focus is to offer non-surgical interventions. His clinical history includes being an honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology at Queen Square, as well as reconstructive spinal specialist surgeon, performing complex reconstructive procedures in adults, and scoliosis surgery in children. He has a real interest in all conditions affecting the spine and takes a unique biopsychosocial approach to treat each person.
Mr O’Dowd has a strong interest in non-surgical management of chronic back pain, aiding in numerous revolutionary projects including the evidence-based organisation RealHealth Institute, providing multidisciplinary assessment and treatment programmes for patients with chronic and complex spinal pain, including functional restoration and pain management programmes. He also acts as a medical expert in spinal injuries, whiplash injury and workplace back injury. He is now the clinical director of the RealHealth Institute in Holland, which is a national referral centre for non-surgical care in complex low back pain.