HipNotes 2018 Issue 2
HipTrac Helps Pro Basketball Player
And guess what, he doesn’t have any hip problems!
“Training really hard can make you feel stiff and tight, even if it’s not an injury, and I don’t want that feeling. So, I do HipTrac.”
Landen Lucas came out of the University of Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Program. After playing with the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA Summer League, he signed a 3-year contract with Alvark Tokyo in Japan. As a 6’10”, 240 lb. forward, Landen’s body is constantly taking a pounding. Athletes like Landen require proper rest, recovery and restoration to succeed – and to keep doing it for years on end.
Landen recently returned to the US to recover from a toe injury and prepare for the 2018 NBA Summer League. While working on his rehab with Dr. Jordan Brandon at Therapeutic Associates: PACE (Portland, OR), he learned about HipTrac, a medical device that performs independent long axis traction at home. Landen wanted to try it to see if it would be helpful to his weekly restoration and recovery program. What he found was a new and specific way to create significant relaxation of the joints and muscles around his lower back and hips.
Dr. Tony Rocklin caught up with Landen to learn more about his training program, experience with LAT and HipTrac, and why it’s an integral part of his daily program. One of his questions was “What’s a typical day of training for you?” Landen’s answer: “I usually get about 8 hours of sleep, get up and get a good breakfast, head down to Jordan’s facility, do some dynamic warm ups and the training they have planned that day. It could be functional strength movements, power and explosion training, core endurance training, SAQ stuff (speed, agility, quickness), cardio, that type of stuff.After that I’ll have a small meal. I eat about 5-6 times per day right now as I work to get to my playing weight of 240 lbs., with around 8-10% body fat. They help me with meal planning which is great. Then I come back for treatment and rehab-type stuff. That includes physical therapy … ” You can read the full interview here.
Why Prehab Should Be as Standard as Rehab
Nothing changes quickly in our healthcare system; change is a marathon, not a sprint. Now that we’ve finally recognized the opioid epidemic, individual states are taking steps to stem their overuse. Patients with chronic pain – and their doctors – are looking for other ways to deal with their pain, and one of those ways is physical therapy. One of the most common sources of chronic pain is hip osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that strikes more than 1 out of every 5 Americans. But not many primary care doctors are aware that physical therapy – specifically, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises – can relieve the pain and other symptoms of hip OA – before surgery is an option … [continue reading].
USAF Advanced Physical Therapy Course
Dr. Tony Rocklin participated in the Air Force Advanced Physical Therapy Course at the end of March at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. On the left, Tony is reviewing hip traction and HipTrac’s various uses with some of the attendees.