hip traction


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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hip joint mechanics

Poor Hip Joint Mechanics Increase Risk of Injury in Baseball Players

In researching injuries sustained during baseball, the focus of most studies has been primarily on the shoulder and elbow, and for good reason. Baseball players are known to sustain many injuries from head to toe but due to the specific components of their sport, including overhead motions, the majority of injuries occur in the upper extremities. According to the 2007 study by Hootman et al in the Journal of Athletic […]


Predicting Hip Osteoarthritis Patient Response to Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Helps Many Physical therapists who work with patients diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis know that manual therapy and therapeutic exercises can provide significant pain relief and improvements in ROM for many of them. However, there hasn’t been sufficient research into the factors that can predict what the individual hip osteoarthritis patient response will be to physical therapy, and who is likely to benefit from physical therapy, as well as who […]

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self-management of chronic hip pain

Podcast: Self-Management of Chronic Hip Pain

Self-management when surgery isn’t an option In the second part of this podcast, Tony Rocklin DPT discusses self-management of chronic hip pain with moderator Benoy Mathew. The discussion begins around the case of a 46 year old male with chronic hip pain. His MRI scan showed cam impingement with labral tears. His surgeon told him he’s too young for a hip replacement, and too old for an arthroscopy. That’s particularly […]


Podcast: Treating Hip Pathology

Focus on Treating Hip Pathology Tony Rocklin DPT is known as “the hip guy” in Portland and around the Pacific Northwest. He’s been a physical therapist for 18 years, and for the last ten years has focused on treating hip pathology. Tony went in that direction when he started noticing that there was a big void in how the hip joint was being treated. This was particularly true when compared […]

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home long axis traction

How Many Newtons to Distract the Hip?

Home Long Axis Traction Options In this excerpt from his workshop at OPTA 2016, Dr. Tony Rocklin, a leading advocate for the expanded use of physical therapy in conservative treatment for patients with hip osteoarthritis, discusses a couple of the different ways patients can use traction at home to relieve the tightness and hip pain which accompany hip osteoarthritis. One of the key considerations is the amount of traction force supplied […]