Clinical Manager of Musculoskeletal Partnerships
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Oak Park, Illinois
Annie O’Connor, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT is the Clinical Manager for the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and a Staff Devopment Mentor for Pain and Spasticity. In addition, she is the Founder and CEO of a World of Hurt, LLC a dedicated consulting, teaching, telehealth and research company. Annie has co-authored 2019, Pain Mechanism Classification Chapter, Rehabilitation of The Spine: A Patient Center Approach 3e, Liebenson C (ed). Wolters Kluwer Philadelphia publisher. She has co-authored 2020 and 2017, Therapeutic Exercise Chapter, Orthopedic Knowledge Update Spine 6 & 5, American Academy for Orthopedic Surgeons publisher. This chapter specifically is dedicated to helping Medical Doctors understand pain mechanism classification and the importance in therapeutic exercise selection. She has co-authored 2015 book “A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain” and September 2016 Journal Article in JMMT “Validation of a pain mechanism classification system (PMCS) in physical therapy practice”. Both publications offer a research supported “paradigm shift” in managing Musculoskeletal Pain promoting effective and efficient outcomes with significant cost savings. She is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) of the American Physical Therapy Association and has a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the McKenzie Method (Cert. MDT). She lectures nationally and internationally on musculoskeletal pain mechanism classification and intervention, neurodynamic evaluation and treatment, mechanical diagnosis and therapy of spine and extremities, kinetic chain evaluation, functional manual therapy and exercise prescription, and non-pharmacy approaches for neurological patient pain and hypertonia. She was instrumental in establishing the Pain Mechanism Classification System approach for musculoskeletal pain and neurological hypertonia at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She continues to treat orthopedic, neurological patients, and canines with pain and hypertonia to achieve the best life possible through her Chicago based private practice and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.
Friday, September 24, 2021
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET