Dr Tony Rocklin, DPT, COMT


Dr Tony Rocklin is a licensed physical therapist with almost 20 years of clinical experience who specializes in orthopedic and sports medicine with a specific focus in the treatment of hip pathologies. He is a partner with Therapeutic Associates (TAI), the largest physical therapist-owned rehabilitation company in the US and the clinic director of the Downtown Portland TAI location.  Dr. Rocklin attended Oregon State University, where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team, graduating with a BS degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1994. He earned his Physical Therapy degree with distinction from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and completed his clinical doctorate in 2008.  He continued his advanced training with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, achieving Level IV Certification in Manual and Manipulative Therapy.  He has focused the last 10 years of his career on improving the standard of care for individuals with hip osteoarthritis, FAI and labral tears, pre and post-surgery.

 

His extensive experience treating patients with hip osteoarthritis led Dr. Rocklin to develop the HipTrac. Until its introduction, patients had no way to safely and easily perform the most frequently used hands-on technique – long axis traction – once they were discharged from the clinic. This inspired Dr. Rocklin to create a device that could replicate this technique to provide quick pain relief, improve mobility, and enable his patients to smoothly transition from clinic to home while continuing to receive manual therapy in the long term.

 
 
 

Tony is passionate about advancing the adoption of best practices in conservative treatment options for hip osteoarthritis (OA) that provide better patient outcomes at lower costs than the current reliance on over-the-counter NSAIDS and prescription painkillers. These non-surgical therapies focus on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to help relieve the pain and immobility that progresses with hip OA. This enables patients to continue to exercise and be active while decreasing the risk of co-morbidities such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, stroke, depression and addiction until they undergo hip replacement surgery. Since the period of time between diagnosis and surgery averages 3 to 6 years, the potential savings are significant with more than 1 in 5 Americans suffering from hip osteoarthritis at some point during their lifetimes.

 

Dr. Rocklin speaks on various aspects of best practices in conservative treatment of hip pathologies, most recently at OPTA 2016 in Portland, OR where he discussed “Conservative Management of Intra-Articular Hip Pathology with Specific Focus on Home Exercise and Home Manual Therapy Programs“.  He is co-author of the study, “Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, and HipTrac for Patients with Hip Osteoarthritis: A Case Series” which has recently been accepted for publication. He is a member of APTA, OPTA, and APTA Hip Special Interest Group.  Tony can be contacted at trocklin@medrock.com.

Excerpts of 2016 OPTA presentation