Monthly Archives: May 2016


When Arthroscopic Hip Surgery Isn’t the Best Choice

Arthroscopic hip surgery increases in popularity The popularity of arthroscopic hip surgery has increased in recent years, with a more than 600% increase between 2006 and 2010 in the United States.  But although the minimally invasive procedure, often performed on an outpatient basis, may be preferred, a recent study published in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery found that it may not be the best option for older patients or those with […]

arthroscopic hip surgery

relieve FAI pain

HipTrac Meets Bodybuilder with FAI

Bodybuilder Wins! Long axis traction and HipTrac can provide pain relief on a range of hip pathologies, including hip osteoarthritis (hip OA), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears. For Stuart Cosgrove, using HipTrac relieved his pain and enabled him to return to his full workouts. Stuart, currently a physiotherapist (Cosgrove Physio) and a former Mr. Britain, is a dedicated HipTrac user.  “I started using the HipTrac and noticed a very quick improvement in […]


Long Axis Traction, Manual Therapy and HipTrac

How Does Long Axis Traction Help? Long axis traction is one of the key manual therapies that physical therapists use to relieve the pain and improve mobility of patients with hip osteoarthritis. Long axis traction has been in use for more than 100 years, and multiple studies over the last twenty years have documented its efficacy.  They also suggest that higher traction forces up to 800N are superior for improvements in pain and mobility.  However, those […]

long axis traction

fight chronic pain fatigue

Most Important Ways to Fight Fatigue with Food

Fight Chronic Pain Fatigue When it comes to chronic pain, hip osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes. More than one in five people in the United States have or will have it at some time in their lifetimes. Fatigue is often closely associated with it, as the pain commonly impacts both the quantity and quality of sleep for those who suffer chronic pain. And feeling tired can make […]


Physical therapy, HipTrac and treating hip OA symptoms

Can treatment help? Physical therapy is often overlooked as an important option in the conservative treatment of hip osteoarthritis. In fact, an unwarranted emphasis is put on prescription drugs and NSAIDs by primary care providers and surgeons who diagnose hip osteoarthritis and declare it untreatable. The reality is, of course, that hip OA can’t be cured – but the symptoms CAN be treated. Physical therapy that includes manual therapy and […]

treating symptoms of hip OA

self mobilization

Mobilization with Movement, Part 3

More Self Mobilization Options for Patients This is the third part of Dr. Tony Rocklin’s focus on mobilization with movement that patients can do at home, self mobilization that does not require a second person to perform. This discussion is excerpted from Tony’s presentation at OPTA 2016. You can watch the first part of this discussion here, the second part here and other excerpts here. Or listen to the full […]


Mobilization with Movement Part 2

Home Mobilization Options for Patients This is the second part of Dr. Tony Rocklin’s focus on mobilization with movement that patients can do at home, excerpted from his presentation at OPTA 2016. You can watch the first part of this discussion here, see other excerpts here, or listen to the full one hour presentation here. One of the challenges in treating patients with hip osteoarthritis is that most insurance companies […]

home mobilization

chronic pain relief

Better Solutions to Chronic Pain Relief Than Opioids

CDC and Surgeon General Align on Chronic Pain Relief Is the United States finally coming to grips with the fact we have an opioid abuse crisis?  In March the CDC released their final guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, stating that “Patients with pain should receive treatment that provides the greatest benefits relative to risks. The contextual evidence review found that many nonpharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss […]


Dr. Tony Rocklin at COPA Practice Growth

 Dr. Tony Rocklin is a licensed physical therapist with almost 20 years of clinical experience, specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine with a specific focus in the treatment of hip pathologies. He is a leading voice for the adoption of best practices in the conservative treatment of hip osteoarthritis, speaking for options that lead away from the use of prescription drugs and NSAIDs and lead to better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. There are millions […]

Dr. Tony Rocklin is speaking at COPA

mobilization with movement

Mobilization with Movement, Part 1

Mobilization with Movement that Patients Can Take Home As May is Arthritis Awareness month, it’s worth remembering that more than 20% of people in the United States will have hip osteoarthritis during their lifetimes. Hip osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the US today. Unfortunately, our healthcare system is pre-disposed to dismiss it as incurable and only treatable with surgery. Pain medications and NSAIDs are prescribed and the patient […]