1st HipTrac Research Study Published in APTA Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice


January 2017 Issue Includes HipTrac Research Study

The first HipTrac research study, “Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise and HipTrac for Patients with Hip Osteoarthritis: A Case Series” was published in the January 2017 issue of APTA Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. It is the first study to evaluate a multi-modal treatment approach to hip osteoarthritis using extended periods of hip traction at home and in clinic.

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Manual long-axis hip traction (LAT) has been used for centuries to treat pain and dysfunction associated with hip osteoarthritis (OA).  It is the first and most widely used manual therapy technique to improve general hip joint capsular mobility and decrease pain immediately.  HipTrac’s independent hip traction offered the first time that patients could administer LAT at home by themselves in an effective and clinically replicable manner.  The rehabilitation program used in this case series combined manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and use of hip traction in clinic and at home.

HipTrac research study five measures of improved ROMThe patients involved reported that they had benefited from the combination of techniques and procedures used and described clinically meaningful improvements in function and pain.

HipTrac research study abstract

Study Design:

Case series.

Background:

Manual, long-axis hip traction has been used for centuries to treat pain and dysfunction associated with hip osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this case series is to describe a rehabilitation program that was used to treat two patients with hip OA using the HipTrac traction device in addition to manual therapy and therapeutic exercise.

Case Description:

Two patients were treated with manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and administered the HipTrac device. The manual therapy and therapeutic exercise programs targeted impairments each patient presented with at each treatment session. The HipTrac, applied in the clinic and in each patient’s home, was used for mobilizing the joint capsule and to provide pain relief.

HipTrac research study five measures of improved ROMOutcomes:

The primary outcome measures were the CareConnections Functional Index (CCFI), the Visual Analog Pain Scale (VAS), range of motion (ROM), manual muscle tests, performance of functional single leg squats and single leg dead lifts. Improvements in all outcome measures were observed for both patients.

Discussion:

Clinically meaningful improvements in self-reported function and pain were described by both patients two years post-treatment. Both patients reported that they had greatly benefited from combining the techniques and procedures used. The use of the HipTrac along with traditional physical therapy procedures may relieve pain and improve function in patients with hip disorders.

Continue reading this paper on the APTA website (members only) or read and download the PDF of “Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise and HipTrac for Patients with Hip Osteoarthritis: A Case Series”