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Monica E. Rho

Monica E. Rho, MD

  • Attending Physician, RIC
  • Co-Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program, RIC
  • Assistant Professor, PM&R, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests

Ankle Pain, Back Pain, Bursitis, Cervicitis, Coccydynia, Dance Injuries, Degenerative Disc Disease, Elbow Pain, Exercise In Pregnancy, Exercise Related Menstrual Dysfunction, Extremities, Female Athlete Triad, Foot Pain/Injury, Fractures, Gymnastic Injuries, Herniated Discs, Hip Injury, Hip Replacement, Injections, Injury Prevention, Knee Injury, Knee Replacement, Ligament Injuries, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Disk Disease, Lumbar Strain, Muscle Strains, Musculoskeletal, Musculoskeletal Conditions & Injuries, Neck Pain, Orthopedic, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Patellar Tendonitis, Patellofemoral Pain, Performing Arts - Actor, Postpartum Pain, Pregnancy/Nerve Injury, Pregnancy Injury, Radicular Pain, Repetitive Motion Injury, Rotator Cuff Injury, Running Injuries, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Shin Splints, Shoulder Injury, Spinal Stenosis, Spine And Active Populations, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis, Sports Medicine, Stress Fracture, Whiplash, Wrist Pain


  • English

Education, Residency and Internship


Northwestern University, BA, Psychology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, MD


Evanston Northwestern Healthcare


RIC/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, PM&R


Washington University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of PM&R
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • North American Spine Society

Honors & Awards

  • 2013: Mentor of the Year Award, RIC
  • 2013-2016: K-12 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grant to Investigate the Neuromuscular Control of Femoroacetabular
  • 2012: Outstanting Teacher of the Year, RIC
  • 2012: Richard F. Materson New Investigator Award
  • 2009: Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, Second Prize, RIC
  • 2009: The Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabilitation Research, RIC
  • 2008: Walter E. Heller Award, RIC
  • 2007: Essentials of Pain Management Scholarship Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • 2006: Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Ambassador Award, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare


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Other Publications/Presentations

Cushman D, Market M, Rho M. Performance trends in large 10 kilometer road running races in the United States. (accepted Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research)

Hunt D, Rho ME, Yemm T, Fong K, Prather H. Hip findings in elite female soccer athletes differ by level of experience. Selected for podium presentation at the American Academyof Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Feb 19, 2010.

Prather H, Hunt D, Rho M, Yemm T, Fong K, Brophy RH. Abnormal hip physical examination findings in asymptomatic female soccer athletes. (Accepted, Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy)

Prather H, Rho ME, Pollock K, Hunt D, Brophy R, Hoch A. Energy deficits in female professional soccer players. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Cancun, Mexico. April 2010

Rho M, Mautner K, Nichols J, Kennedy DJ. Image-guided diagnostic injections with anesthetic versus magnetic resonance arthrograms for the diagnosis of suspected hip pain. PM&R. 2013 Sept 5(9): 795-800

Rho ME, Casey EK, Marciniak C. Foot Drop in a Soccer Player: A Case Report of Unusual Electromyographic Findings in Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome. Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, Colorado Springs, CO. April 2009.

Rho ME, Press J. Traumatic Soccer Injury: Bipartite Patella. Selected for oral presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. May 28, 2009

Rho ME, Spitznagle T, Van Dillen L, Oza S, Maheshwari V, Prather H. Gender differences in ultrasound imaging of lateral abdominal muscle thickness in asymptomatic adults: A pilot study. PM&R. 2013 May 5(5):355-452

Rho ME, Spiztnagle T, Van Dillen L, Oza S, Prather H. Gender differences in ultrasound imaging of lateral abdominal muscle thickness in asymptomatic adults. 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles, CA. November 2010

Rho ME, Tang CT. Efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. (awaiting publication)

Rho ME. Cervical Radiculopathy. In: McLean Course in Electrodiagnostics (First Edition). Visco CJ, Chimes GP. Demos Medical Publishing, New York, 2011

Rho ME. Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Keynote speaker at the Central Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Meeting 2010. St. Louis, MO

Rho, ME. Evaluation and Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement. Chicago Sports Medicine Society. May 2013

Rho, ME. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Applications in a Rehabilitation Population. RIC Grand Rounds. July 2013.

Rho, ME. Femoroacetabular Impingement. Illinois Masonic Hospital Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. March 2013.

Roberts, ST, Willick SE, Rho ME, Rittenberg JD. Efficacy of Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A Systematic Review. PM&R. 2009 Jul 1:657-668.

Spitznagle T, Rho ME, Van Dillen L, Oza S, Prather H. Clinical measurements of chest wall motion and lateral abdominal muscle thickness in asymptomatic adults. 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles, CA. November 2010

Spitznagle T, Rho ME, Van Dillen L, Oza S, Prather H. Clinical measurements of ribcage motion and lateral abdominal muscle thickness in asymptomatic adults. (In revision, PM&R)

Tang CT, Rho ME. Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections: Techniques, Risks, and Contraindications. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. (awaiting publication)

Research Interests

  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound of the lateral abdominal wall muscles

Certifications & Licenses

  • Sports Medicine Board Certified
  • PM&R


Dr. Monica Rho, MD, is the Co-Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at RIC, an assistant professor at RIC/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and is an attending physician in the RIC Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Rho was awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by the RIC Residency Program for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. Rho earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2005. She completed her residency training in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)/Northwestern University in 2009, where she served as Chief Resident from 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, she went on to pursue an ACGME-accredited fellowship at Washington University in Sports Medicine. She joined the faculty at RIC/Northwestern University in 2010.

Her research interest focuses on the neuromuscular control of the hip in the setting of bony abnormalities, specifically femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Dr. Rho’s ultimate goal is to determine conservative treatment paradigms for FAI based on observed neuromuscular control deficiencies of the hip.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Monica E. Rho, MD please call 800-354-7342 or use our online form


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