Annie O’Connor, Physical Therapist, OCS, Cert. MDT - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
  • One of only 2% of hospitals to receive three consecutive Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Excellence.
  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
  • Largest rehabilitation research center in the world
  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Academic home of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Annie O’Connor, PT

  • Physical Therapist, RIC River Forest


Clinical Interests

Musculoskeletal Pain · Orthopedic Physical Therapy · Sports Performance · Canine Rehabilitation

Education, Residency and Internship


St. Louis University, B.S., Physical Therapy
Northwestern University, M.S., Orthopedic Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy Orthopedic Specialists Inc, Minneapolis MN, Orthopedic (9week)

Additional Information

RIC River Forest

Teaching or Professional Positions

2004 – Present RIC – River Forest Spine and Sports Center Clinical Manager

  • Supervise and Manage Multidisciplinary Orthopedic Rehabilitation Team and Operations.
  • Experience in JCAHO and CARF accreditation.
  • Maintain Quality Improvement projects, Marketing and Continuing Education Budget and Plans.
  • 50% Outpatient Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice

2002 – Present Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Corporate Director Musculoskeletal Practice

  • Develop, Implement, and maintain Core Competency Curriculum for Allied Health Staff to ensure Best Practice Standards and Competencies for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • McKenzie Institute USA

Honors & Awards

2009 Henry B. Betts Innovation Award


  • 2015: A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain. Thomas Land Publishers
  • 2014: Reliability and validity of a classification system in musculoskeletal rehabilitation: ability to effectively group patients into different pain classification mechanisms & determine the impact on treatment outcomes for pain, function and resource utilization. Accepted JMMT October, 2014,
  • Fasen JM, O'Connor AM, Schwartz SL, Watson JO, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Bulcao C, Johnson SC, Akuthota V.   A Randomized Controlled Trial of Hamstring Stretching: Comparison of Four Techniques. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Mar;23(2):660-7.
  • 2006: Advanced Functional Exercise Approach DVD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago – Academy, MOVCO Publishing.
  • 2006 Pain Mechanism Classification Clinician Training Manual, RIC Academy, MOVCO Publishing
  • 2005: The Back Pain Book Revised 2nd Edition, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Peachtree Publishing; A New Look at Heat Treatment for Pain Disorders, Part 2, American Pain Society Bulletin, Volume 15 Number 1.
  • 2004: A New Look at Heat Treatment for Pain Disorders, Part 1, American Pain Society Bulletin, Volume 14 Number 6.
  • 2000: Book Chapter - Cost Containment in Sport Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America

Certifications & Licenses

  • Active IL. Physical Therapy License
  • American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 1999
  • Certification Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment – McKenzie Method, 2005

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