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Side-lying Option for Advanced Traction with HipTrac

Another Home Hip Therapy Option In this excerpt from his workshop at OPTA 2016, Dr. Tony Rocklin, a leading advocate for conservative treatment for patients with hip osteoarthritis, discusses the use of HipTrac in the side-lying position. After patients have used HipTrac and advanced to pressures of 70 PSI or more, and have decreased the flexion of the HipTrac from 30 degrees to 0 degrees, they can try the side-lying position for increased traction force. In the side-lying position, the end of the HipTrac furthest away from the patient is placed up against a wall (or another stationary object) and the patient lies on their side while performing the traction. Like other physical therapy techniques, the positive results – pain...

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HipTrac Expands to Hip Arthroscopy Rehab, Prehab and More

Leveraging independent LAT to help more patients Clinicians are finding additional ways to leverage independent long axis traction with HipTrac to assist a wider range of patients facing or experiencing tightness and capsular restrictions, pre-and post-surgery, including: Hip Arthroscopy with microfracture, post-op rehabilitation Hip Arthroscopy without microfracture, post-op rehabilitation Pre-habilitation, before surgery for hip arthroscopy or THR Hip OA, FAI, and labral tears Other conditions resulting in pain, tightness, and/or capsular restrictions HipTrac's original genesis centered around patients with hip osteoarthritis, as HipTrac directly targets the capsular restrictions of the affected hip, mobilizing it, and improving mobility while reducing pain. The patient-controlled, independent long axis traction can be used in the clinic or at home to provide traction forces of...

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HipTrac Helps Pro Basketball Player Landen Lucas

And guess what, he doesn’t have any hip problems! Landen Lucas is a former member of the University of Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Program. He graduated in 2017 and is now embarking on his professional career. 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” and 240 lb. forward, Landen’s body is constantly taking a pounding. He's running up and down the floor, hitting other big bodies, diving on the ground for loose balls, taking charges, setting big screens and training intensively day in and day out. Athletes like Landen require proper rest, recovery and restoration to succeed - and to keep doing it for...

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How Many Newtons to Distract the Hip?

Home Long Axis Traction Options In this excerpt from his workshop at the OPTA Conference in 2016, Dr. Tony Rocklin, a leading advocate for the expanded use of physical therapy in pre-surgical management of hip osteoarthritis, discusses a couple of the different ways patients can use traction at home to decrease pain and improve mobility. One of the key considerations in determining which method chosen is the amount of traction force supplied by each method and the amount of force needed to achieve the goal. Studies show that the force needed to distract the conscious human hip is 400 N (Newtons) +/- 50. Superbands and inversion tables can provide light traction, but not sufficient to create deformation to the joint...

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