Monthly Archives: January 2016


Hip extensor exercise

Single Leg Bridge – Exercise of the Week

Hip Extensor Exercise This week’s exercise is called the Single Leg Bridge. This movement requires the work and coordination of many muscles in the human body, with the main target being the Hip Extensors. This group involves the gluteals (buttocks), hamstrings (back of thigh) and the lower back muscles. This movement is really important as it not only strengthens these muscles but also improves their coordination. As you bring one […]


Stop the pill placebo in conservative treatment of hip osteoarthritis!

Conservative therapy for hip osteoarthritis used to include only medications, pharmaceuticals, exercise and weight management, and waiting for it to get painful enough to warrant surgical intervention.  Most international clinical guidelines recommended paracetamol (more commonly known as acetaminophen, or by the brand name Tylenol) as a first line treatment for osteoarthritis and low back pain.  But a 2015 study concluded that paracetamol “is no better at treating low back pain […]

man looking at hip pain medications

Tips to protect joints when working around the house

Protecting your joints

The Arthritis Foundation recently published a great post on how to protect your joints in their “Living with Arthritis” blog.  If you’re living with osteoarthritis, it’s easy to forget that you can get injured doing everyday mundane things. Common overuse injuries come from repeatedly putting our bodies in positions that put excess stresses on the joints, ligaments and muscles.  Check out this post for a list of things to think about as you go […]


What’s a HipTrac and how can it help my patients?

If you work with patients who have hip OA, FAI, or labral tears, OR if you work with athletes who train and compete intensively, you should know about HipTrac and what it offers those patients. Sign up for one of our webinars to learn more about HipTrac, how it provides independent long axis hip traction, and how it can add to your clinic. You’ll meet Tony Rocklin, DPT, who invented […]

Tony in What's a HipTrac webinar

hip oa exercises - single leg squat

Single Leg Squat – Exercise of the Week

Difficulty Level IV – Single Leg Squat The gluteals or buttocks muscles are a group of 3 muscles that are arguably the most important group of muscles in the entire human body as it relates to human movement and function. They are vital for proper mechanics of the entire lower extremity including the hip, knee and foot/ankle complex. If these muscles are weak or not firing correctly, it can lead […]


Practice yoga for pain relief

Exercise in many different forms can be effective in reducing the pain and stiffness that come with osteoarthritis. Practicing yoga for pain relief is one of them. In “Best Yoga Poses for Osteoarthritis”  Robin Madell writes “While you may think of yoga primarily as a fitness activity, studies have shown its effectiveness in easing OA symptoms. One study published in the Journal of Rheumatology compared patients with OA of the hands who tried […]

practice yoga for pain relief

lower back pain may be hip OA

Low back pain may point to hip osteoarthritis

Low back pain? This Canadian study dates back a few years, but was instructive in its findings that lower back pain was a predictor of pain and disability related to hip osteoarthritis in the future. The authors concluded “In a cohort of individuals with OA of the hip or knee, we found that low back pain predicted subsequent OA-related pain and disability in those with hip disease, but not knee […]


Hip replacement for osteoarthritis raises risk of heart attack

Receiving a total knee or hip replacement for osteoarthritis may increase your risk of heart attack in the short term, according to new research published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.   Medical News Today reports that the study “…reveals such patients may also be at increased long-term risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). According to the study authors, led by Yuqing Zhang, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School […]

hip replacement for osteoarthritis raises risk of heart attack

CSM HipTrac

HipTrac at February CSM Booth #1652

Next month, February 17 – 20,  is the Combined Sections Meeting of APTA, bringing together more than 11,000 of the brightest and most innovative physical therapy professionals in the nation.  The exhibit hall will feature more than 300 companies showcasing the latest and greatest in products and services available to physical therapy professionals.  HipTrac will be among them so if you’re planning on attending, stop by and see us at booth 1652.