Monthly Archives: March 2016


HipTrac Orientation Test Update Now Available

Updated HipTrac Orientation Test clarifies initial protocols Today we’re releasing an updated HipTrac Orientation Test for patients and providers. Earlier this year, we began recommending an Orientation Test for patients beginning to use HipTrac; you can read about that here. The Orientation Test was added because it enables providers to quickly identify patients who are sensitive to traction and adjust the initial HipTrac duty cycles as needed to accommodate them. Most of us […]

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What to Expect When Starting Therapy for Hip OA

Start Hip OA Conservative Treatment with Physical Therapy For conservative treatment of hip osteoarthritis to be effective, it must include some level of physical therapy and therapeutic exercise. While over-the-counter(OTC) and prescription painkillers may relieve the pain, they do nothing to counteract the increasing tightness of the muscles around the hip and decreasing range of motion(ROM) caused by hip OA. This is why physical therapy is so important in conservative […]


Physical Therapy Key for Hip Osteoarthritis Patients

Conservative Treatment for Hip OA With millions of Americans facing hip osteoarthritis (OA) at some point in our lives – 25% of us – it is increasingly important for our healthcare system to focus on treatments that are both cost-effective and provide the best possible patient outcomes. Historically, conservative treatment for hip OA in the US focuses more on painkillers, NSAIDS, and waiting for it to get bad enough to […]

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Dr. Tony Rocklin on Physical Therapy to Treat Hip Osteoarthritis

You can treat the symptoms, if not the disease. No, you can’t cure hip osteoarthritis. But yes, physical therapy can treat the secondary effects, including pain, tightness of the muscles around the hip joint and increasing loss of mobility. Physical therapy as conservative therapy has a low profile, and many providers – including surgeons and primary care physicians – don’t realize that it can significantly reduce patients’ need for drugs […]


Hip Pathologies for Patients – Understanding Labral Tear

What’s a labral tear? Labral tears are a hip pathology that can be caused by trauma, structural abnormalities or repetitive motions (particularly those in sports). The labrum is a rim of cartilage around the hip socket that helps keep the head of the femur (thigh bone) inside the acetabulum (hip socket). A labral tear is a tear in the labrum; patients feel pain deep in the groin on the side […]

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Prescription: therapeutic exercise for hip osteoarthritis

Therapeutic exercise = “medicine” for many chronic illnesses Therapeutic exercise is a key component in the conservative treatment of hip osteoarthritis. A paper published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports provides the up-to-date evidence-based basis for prescribing therapeutic exercise for hip osteoarthritis and more than twenty other chronic diseases.   “Exercise as medicine – evidence for prescribing exercise as therapy in 26 different chronic diseases” was written by B.K. Pederson and B. […]


Physical Therapy, Hip Osteoarthritis Conservative Treatment Option

Reduced function and pain is NOT inevitable According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 4 adults may develop painful hip osteoarthritis (OA) during their lifetime (CDC 2016 Arthritis statistics).  Andrew Zang DPT OCS MTC, the clinical manager for Cardin & Miller Physical Therapy in Carlisle, PA wrote about hip osteoarthritis conservative treatment in a recent column for the Carlisle local paper, the Sentinel. “I often hear from patients that they have […]

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UPDATE: Dr. Tony Rocklin Presents at OPTA March 12

Best Practices in Conservative Management of Hip Pathologies Are you interested in recent updates in the conservative management of hip pathologies? Dr. Tony Rocklin presents current best practices in conservative management at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) on March 12 in Portland Oregon. His presentation, “Conservative Management of Hip Pathologies Including Hip Osteoarthritis, FAI and Labral Tears with Special Focus on Patient Education in Home Manual Therapy […]