Display Name Annie O’Connor, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Position Clinical Manager River Forest Spine and Sport Center
Corporate Director Musculoskeletal Practice
Physical Therapist
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About Me

About Me

Annie O’Connor, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, has co-authored recent 2015 book “A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain” and recent September 2016 Journal Article in JMMT “Validation of a pain mechanism classification system (PMCS) in physical therapy practice”. Both publications offer a research supported curative “paradigm shift” in managing Musculoskeletal Pain promoting effective and efficient outcomes with significant cost savings. She lectures nationally and internationally on musculoskeletal pain classification and intervention, neurodynamic evaluation and treatment, mechanical diagnosis and therapy of spine and extremities, kinetic chain evaluation, and functional manual therapy and exercise prescription. She was instrumental in establishing the allied health’s clinical diagnostic approach for musculoskeletal pain at RIC. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association in the orthopedic section and canine special interest group, the North American Spine Society (NASS), and McKenzie Institute. She serves on the 10X25 tactile coalition task force to reduce spine related disability by 10 % in year 2025 sponsored NASS Spine Foundation. She continues to treat orthopedic, neurological patients, and canines with musculosk


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Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1982 - 1986
    St Louis University Physical Therapy
    1988 - 1994
    Northwestern University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy


    Physical Therapy Orthopedica Specialists Inc. Orthpaedic Manual Physical Therapy

Honors + Awards

  • Geraldine Fellowship
    RIC, 1988
  • Henry Betts Innovation Award
    RIC, 2009

Certificates + Licenses

  • Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
    American Physical Therapy Association
  • Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
    McKenzie Institute