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A World 🌍 of Hurt w/ Annie O'Connor

How do we get pain and why do we hurt? Annie O’Connor gives us the low down in today’s In Your Pants podcast episode.

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Annie O’Connor, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Musculoskeletal Partnerships at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Annie has co-authored 2018, Pain Mechanism Classification Chapter, Rehabilitation of The Spine: A Patient Center Approach. She has co- authored 2017, Therapeutic Exercise Chapter, Orthopedic Knowledge Update Spine 5. 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 Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy “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 the Pain Mechanism Classification System (PMCS), neurodynamic evaluation and treatment, mechanical diagnosis and therapy of spine and extremities, kinetic chain evaluation, functional manual therapy and exercise prescription as represented in the World of Hurt book and training courses. She was instrumental in establishing the PMCS at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. 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 specialty panel for physical therapy for the AIM healthcare and the research and advisory board for MyAbilities an Ontario based software company. She continues to treat orthopedic, neurological patients, and canines with pain and spasticity to achieve the best life possible.

In today’s episode, here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How we get pain and why we hurt?

  • How the brain is the main protector and pain is a protective mechanism

  • 3 different ways the brain protects us

  • Why chronic pain is so bad today?

  • Annie’s most influential patient case that has changed her practice and the way she treats people in pain

  • Annie’s advice for healthcare providers working with people in pain


Check out Annie’s book A World of Hurt here.

The book’s website proceeds go to research and education fund at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab to teach and research pain mechanism classification system.

Be sure to connect with Annie at worldofhurt2@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @worldofhurt2