HipNotes Blog


New England Sports Therapy Practice Hits a Home Run with HipTrac

Ara Sakayan, PT, ATC, CSCS (former Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for New England Revolution Pro Soccer Team.) “I am using HipTrac in my practice for various problems of the hip joint in my sports therapy practice. I have been using this device for patients with a diagnosis of moderate to severe osteoarthritis. The patients have very tight hip joint capsules with restricted internal rotation. The HipTrac was extremely effective […]

Sports therapy practice uses HipTrac for hip traction

If you unload arthritic hip joints it reduces pain and improve mobility

APTA Hip Osteoarthritis Clinical Practice Guidelines
2017 Revisions

New Recommendations Include Educating Patients on How to Unload Arthritic Joints A notable addition to APTA’s 2017 revisions to clinical practice guidelines for the hip pain and mobility deficits of hip osteoarthritis Recommendation B, on patient education. “Clinicians should provide patient education combined with exercise and/or manual therapy. Education should include teaching activity modification, exercise, supporting weight reduction when overweight, and methods of unloading the arthritic joints.” This is significant, […]


Recreational Runners Less Likely to Have
Hip Osteoarthritis

Recreational runners can feel good about the conclusions of a recent study on the incidence of knee and hip osteoarthritis in recreational runners as compared to sedentary individuals and to competitive runners. An international team of researchers in Spain, Sweden, the United States and Canada concluded that the recreational runners are less likely to experience knee and hip OA than are the other two groups. The study concludes that running […]


HipTrac Now Available on SAM

MedRock, Inc. is now registered in SAM as a US Federal Contractor for purchases of HipTrac for the Veterans Administration, other government agencies and the military. DUNS: 034446946 CAGE: 71XG7


Diet Rich in Saturated Fats
Associated with Osteoarthritis

A recent study from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) identified a high-fat diet, and specifically, saturated fats as a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis. QUT scientists found that a diet containing 20% saturated fats changed the composition of cartilage in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee. The modified cartilage displayed osteoarthritic changes. In addition, the diet resulted in changes to the bone under the cartilage. […]

saturated fats associated osteoarthritis

can hiptrac hurt you

Can HipTrac Hurt You – and Why it Can’t

I’ve been asked the question, “can patients hurt themselves using HipTrac?” It is virtually impossible to hurt yourself using HipTrac correctly. HipTrac replicates the most common manual therapy technique used to treat intra-articular hip problems; Long Axis Traction. It safely decreases pressure within the hip joint, reduces pain and improves capsular mobility. It is used to treat hip osteoarthritis, femoral-acetabular impingement, labral pathology as well as other joint problems. In […]


HipTrac Helps Cyclist Return to Competition

Competitive cycling is rigorous and puts heavy demands on your body.  Rick Clarkson of Stockport UK thought that his diagnosis at age 37 of early osteoarthritis meant he wouldn’t be returning to competition.  But after trying HipTrac,  that changed.  Rick says “The HipTrac has made a huge improvement to the quality of my life, both physically and mentally. It has allowed me to return to competitive cycling which I thought wouldn’t be possible. HipTrac has […]

UK cycling testimonial

King Mo MMA fighter and HipTrac user

HipTrac User ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal
Posts Another Win

One of the high-profile athletes who uses HipTrac regularly for recovery and pain relief is ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal, former StrikeForce light heavyweight champion and MMA Fighter. Last Friday, March 31st, he got the rematch with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson that both fighters had been hoping for. This time, Lawal got the best of Jackson, defeating him in a unanimous decision 29-28 by all three judges. In the earlier match, Lawal […]


Thoughts on Osteoarthritis in Younger People

Key points from the journal article “Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Affects Younger People, Too” – JOSPT February 2017 1.OA is no longer considered a degenerative disease of “wear and tear” affecting joint cartilage and bone. It is now understood to represent total joint failure, with a prominent inflammatory component. Most recently, the contribution of meta-inflammation has also been identified, whereby body fat releases inflammatory mediators (cytokines and adipokines) that contribute […]

osteoarthritis in younger people

HipTrac research study title page

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. Manual long-axis hip traction (LAT) has been used for centuries […]