The HipTrac™ can perform traction while you are lying on your back (“supine”) or while you are lying on your side (“side-lying”). We recommend that patients work with their healthcare provider to develop an individual protocol that is best suited to you. Your protocol covers how often, what position, how much time and how much pressure you use with your HipTrac. Your physical condition and diagnoses may affect your protocol.
If you are not working with a healthcare provider, you should begin using your HipTrac according to the setup instructions on the QuickStart guide and follow the Orientation test (both below) for your first use. Following that, it provides recommended angles, pressure and duration of traction over the next four weeks. In the weeks that follow that, we encourage you to “discover” the position, time and pressure in which you obtain the greatest relief and improved mobility. Oftentimes, patients will feel greater mobility changes and pain relief in a lower position. You can increase the intensity (the pressure) as high as you feel is comfortable. You may feel slight discomfort and pressure where the binding attaches to their ankle initially, but using HipTrac should not hurt.
We encourage you to use HipTrac regularly in the presence or absence of pain to maintain consistent relief and mobility, and also as needed when any flare-ups occur from harder physical days at work or home. When you first use HipTrac, pain relief may only last minutes or while you are on the HipTrac. As you progress, relief will begin to last longer and up to days after use so that you may be able to reduce use to 2-4 times, rather than 10-20 times, per week. Most patients report that they do not need to use HipTrac as often as time goes on as the results accumulate over time.
The videos above show (from left to right) putting on and positioning the ankle and knee bindings; how to use HipTrac in supine position; and how to use HipTrac in side-lying position (advanced).
The HipTrac data sheet below can be printed off and given to your healthcare provider, if they are not familiar with HipTrac. The Quick Start guide below shows you how to setup HipTrac and put on the bindings for your first use, and the Orientation guide outlines the angle, pressure and amount of time for your first use and – based on those results – guidelines for the next four weeks.
► If your healthcare provider isn’t familiar with HipTrac, print this and give it to them.
HipTrac Quick Start
The Quick Start shows how to set up the HipTrac, put on the bindings and connect to the HipTrac.
PDF: HipTrac Quick Start V1.0
HipTrac Orientation Test
The Orientation Test includes protocol recommendations (flexion, intensity and duty cycles) for an initial test and introductory protocols based on results.
PDF: HipTrac Orientation V1.0
HipTrac Protocol Reference for Providers V2.0
The Protocol Reference for Providers includes protocol recommendations for specific goals (pain relief, increase ROM), specific pathologies (hip OA, FAI, etc.) and for individuals with no pathologies (such as athletes who train intensively).
Provider’s Protocol Guide
Protocol Reference for Providers
HipTrac Side-lying Protocol V1.1
The Side-lying Protocol sheet details recommendations for patients or athletes who have been using HipTrac in supine position for five or more weeks, are using it at zero degrees flexion and 50+ PSI with no discomfort and now require increased traction force.
Patient_Protocol_Side-Lying HipTrac V1.1