Protocols


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 […]

Hiptrac Orientation Test

HipTrac Fast Track

HipTrac Fast Track to Results

Getting Started the Right Way As a health care provider for 18 years, I have found that it is very important for patients to feel the effects of a treatment, even the first time it is performed. We know that one treatment doesn’t fix a chronic problem, but the individual needs to have a belief in the treatment for it to be most effective. Likewise, for a patient who has […]


Getting Started on HipTrac, Initial Use for Patients

Recommendations for Getting Started on HipTrac (Editor’s note:  This set of recommendations for the initial use of HipTrac includes essentially the same information as our Provider’s Protocol, but has been re-written to be read by a patient, rather than a healthcare provider.  We recommend that patients with HipTrac work with their healthcare providers to develop and discover the amount of time and amount of traction that feels best for the […]

Getting Started on HipTrac

HipTrac Protocol – Side-Lying

Advanced HipTrac Protocol for Side-Lying HipTrac can be used with the patient in a side-lying position.  This is recommended for individuals who have already mastered using the supine HipTrac protocol, advanced all the way down to zero degrees of flexion (unit closed) and are now ready to gain more range of motion in extension. The side-lying position primarily stretches the anterior joint capsule and the hip flexor muscles in the front of the hip […]


HipTrac Protocols for Athletes – Part 3

HipTrac protocols for athletes with no pathology In the first two parts of this series on HipTrac protocols, we covered protocols for initial use of HipTrac and protocols for different pathologies, including hip OA, FAI and labral tears.  Today in part 3, we’ll cover the protocols for individuals without any hip pathology who can benefit from using HipTrac on a regular basis. These individuals are usually elite athletes who are seeking the […]

HipTrac protocols for athletes who train intensively

HipTrac Protocols – Pathology – Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed the initial three-week protocol for patients using HipTrac for the first time.  After this initial period, there are some distinct differences in the protocols when HipTrac is used for various hip pathologies, including OA, FAI and Labral Tears. Let us assume for this discussion that your individual patient does not have FAI, labral tear and significant OA at the same time. We […]


HipTrac Protocols – Initial – Part 1

A frequent question we hear is “what’s the recommended protocol for using HipTrac?”  The initial protocol we suggest is focused on enabling each patient to discover the combination of position, time  and traction force that provides them with the greatest pain relief and increased mobility.  After that initial period, there are some distinct differences when using HipTrac for various pathologies – including OA, FAI, labral tears – as well as for individuals […]

HipTrac Protocols for relieving hip pain