Alexander Sheng, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Alexander Sheng, MD

  • Attending Physician, RIC River Forest



Conditions Treated / Services

  • Ankle Pain/Injury
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gait Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Whiplash

Clinical Interests

Achilles Tendinitis; Adhesive Capsulitis; Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture; Ankylosing Spondylitis; Arthritis; Back Pain; Brachial Plexus Palsy; Bursitis; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Cervical Spine Myelopathy; Chronic Neck Pain; Coccygeal Pain; Degenerative Disc Disease; Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis); Gait Abnormality; Hip Pointer Injuries; Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow); Low Back Pain; Morton's Neuroma; Myelopathy; Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury); Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve); Osgood Schlatter Disease; Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot; Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist; Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee


  • Chinese
  • Spanish

Education, Residency and Internship


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas, MS Biomedical / Medical Engineering
Rush Medical College: Chicago, IL, MD


Rush University Medical Center


University of Washington Medical Center


Washington University School of Medicine

Additional Information

RIC River Forest

Procedures Dr. Sheng Performs:

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society


Alexander X. Sheng, MD received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in 2006. He completed his residency in PM&R in 2010 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Thereafter, he pursued an ACGME-accredited Spine and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2011. Following his training, Dr. Sheng joined Risser Orthopaedic Group in Pasadena, California where he served as their non-operative musculoskeletal specialist for four years. He joined the RIC/Northwestern faculty in 2015. His clinical interests include non-operative and interventional spine care, non-operative sports medicine. He is proficient in both Spanish and Chinese. He joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 2015.

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