Joseph M. Ihm, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Joseph M. Ihm

Joseph M. Ihm, MD

  • Program Director, Spine and Sports Fellowship, RIC
  • Assistant Professor, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

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Conditions Treated / Services

  • Arthritis and Joint Conditions
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Injury
  • Back Injury/Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Pain
  • Hips and Extremities
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disk Disease
  • Lumbar Spine Pain
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) Conditions
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Radicular Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Sports and Back Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Whiplash
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Wrist Pain

Clinical Interests

Arthritis and Joint Conditions, Avascular Necrosis, Back Injury, Back Injury/Pain, Back Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Elbow Pain, Hips and Extremities, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Disk Disease, Lumbar Spine Pain, Lumbar Strain, Muscle Strains, Musculoskeletal (MSK) Conditions, Neck Pain, Osteoarthritis, Overuse Injuries, Patellar Tendonitis, Patellofemoral Pain, Radicular Pain, Rotator Cuff Injury, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Sciatica, Shin Splints, Shoulder Injury, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis, Sports and Back Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Sprains, Strains, Stress Fracture, Stroke Rehabilitation, Tennis Elbow, Whiplash, Work-Related Injuries, Wrist Pain

Education, Residency and Internship


Rush Medical College, Doctor of Medicine


University of Washington, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Mayo Clinic, Sports Fellowship

Teaching or Professional Positions

July 2005–Present Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, RIC/Northwestern University Medical School

Professional Memberships

Member, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Member, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation

Member, American College of Sports Medicine


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Book Chapters

2011 Lento P, Ihm J, Kennedy DJ, Visco CJ. Peripheral joint and soft tissue injection techniques. In: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 4th ed. Philadelphia PA: Saunders/Elsevier; 2011, 517-540


2011 Ihm J. Hand and wrist injuries and conditions. In: Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. 1st ed. New York NY: Demos Medical Publishing; 2011, 251-262


Certifications & Licenses

2009–present Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

2005–Present American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Certification

2005–Present Illinois Medical License

2004–2005 Arizona Medical License

2004–2005 Minnesota Medical License

2000–2004 Washington Medical License

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