Dr Tony Rocklin, DPT, COMT


Dr Tony Rocklin is a licensed physical therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience who specializes in orthopedic and sports medicine with a specific focus in the treatment of hip pathologies. He is a partner with Therapeutic Associates (TAI), the largest physical therapist-owned rehabilitation company in the US and the clinic director of the Downtown Portland TAI location.  Dr. Rocklin attended Oregon State University, where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team, graduating with a BS degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1994. He earned his Physical Therapy degree with distinction from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and completed his clinical doctorate in 2008.  He continued his advanced education with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, achieving Level IV Certification in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Tony’s specialty, and the focus of the last 14 years of his career, is hip intra-articular pathology, including osteoarthritis (OA), femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears. He is an active advocate for improvements in the conservative care of those conditions.

Tony Rocklin DPT creator of HipTracHis extensive experience treating patients with hip osteoarthritis led Dr. Rocklin to develop the HipTrac. Until its introduction, patients had no way to safely and easily perform the most frequently used hands-on technique – long axis traction – once they were discharged from the clinic. This inspired Dr. Rocklin to create a device that could replicate this technique to provide quick pain relief, improve mobility, and enable his patients to smoothly transition from clinic to home while continuing to receive manual therapy in the long term.

Tony is passionate about advancing the adoption of best practices in conservative treatment options for hip osteoarthritis (OA) that provide better patient outcomes at lower costs than the current reliance on over-the-counter NSAIDS and prescription painkillers. These non-surgical therapies focus on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to help relieve the pain and immobility that progresses with hip OA. This enables patients to continue to exercise and be active while decreasing the risk of co-morbidities such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, stroke, depression and addiction until they undergo hip replacement surgery. Since the period of time between diagnosis and surgery averages 3 to 6 years, the potential savings are significant – more than 1 in 5 Americans suffer from hip osteoarthritis sometime during their lifetimes.

Dr. Rocklin is a regular speaker on conservative treatment of hip pathologies. Clips from selected appearances and classes are listed below, along with upcoming engagement. He has authored a Modern Conservative Management White Paper V1.1 and is co-author of the study, “HipTrac Case Study – January APTA Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice” published in the January 2017 issue of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. Tony is a member of APTA, OPTA, and APTA Hip Special Interest Group. You can contact him at trocklin@medrock.com.

Past Engagements

March 24, 2018 OZO 2018 US Air Force Advanced Training “Hip Traction”

April 21, 2018 2018 Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Symposium “Physical Therapy Techniques for the Arthritic Athletic Hip”

April 09, 2018 Tony Rocklin on Michael Skogg’s “You, Only Stronger” Voice of America radio show

March 12, 2016 Excerpts of 2016 OPTA presentation