HipNotes Blog


Does Obesity Increase Osteoarthritis Risk?

The insidious link between extra weight and increased osteoarthritis risk Doctors have historically advised patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis to lose weight in order to lessen the strain on the joints. Now doctors should also be advising overweight patients to lose weight to decrease their osteoarthritis risk. The Arthritis Foundation posted this overview on fat and osteoarthritis and discussed the links between osteoarthritis and obesity in a second post.   The latter points out “…year after year of obesity fuels a steady barrage of friendly […]


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 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 is told to wait – and they do […]


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 of individuals suffering from some amount of pain and […]


Better Ways 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 for knee osteoarthritis, psychological therapies such as […]


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 limit the number of visits for physical therapy […]