conservative treatment


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 […]

can hiptrac hurt you

osteoarthritis in younger people

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 […]


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 […]

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efficacy of manual therapy

Exploring the Efficacy of Manual Therapy
on Hip Osteoarthritis

Today’s post is a re-publication of an article written by John Snyder, DPT, CSCS that discusses the efficacy of manual therapy on patients with hip osteoarthritis.  He reviews multiple studies that have shown substantial gains for patients on manual therapy and concludes that it bodes well for the long-term effectiveness of the combination of manual therapy and exercise in the treatment of hip OA. In fact, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises […]


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 […]

Dr. Tony Rocklin is speaking at COPA

prehabilitation for hip surgery

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation &
Prehabilitation for Hip Surgery

Making the Case for More than Rehab – Why Prehabilitation for Hip Surgery Works One of the most surprising statistics related to osteoarthritis and physical therapy is that 90 percent of people having knee surgery for osteoarthritis receive physical therapy before and after, while only 10-30% of those having hip surgery do. That’s in spite of wide agreement that patients in better physical shape before surgery generally recover faster and […]