Snapping hip syndrome is a hip problem that causes a snapping sensation and popping noise in the hip. You may experience these symptoms any time you move your hip, like while walking or standing from a seated position.
If you participate in activities with a lot of bending, like dancing, you may face a higher risk of snapping hip syndrome. Snapping hip syndrome can also happen with growth spurts and sudden increases in activity coupled with not enough time for your body to recover. While the condition isn’t usually serious, it can sometimes cause pain or lead to hip bursitis.
At Aurora Health Care, we understand how distressing hip problems like snapping hip syndrome can be, and we’re here to help. Your care starts with a detailed physical exam, which assures an accurate diagnosis. Our sports medicine experts then deliver the treatment option that best meet your needs – whether that’s physical therapy, injections or minimally invasive surgery.
As one of Wisconsin’s largest health care providers, Aurora Health Care’s orthopedic experts and sports medicine doctors treat a large number of active adults and athletes. Whether your symptoms just started or your hips have been snapping for years, we have the experience to help you get relief.
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Snapping hip syndrome happens when the muscles and tendons supporting your hip become unusually tight. Tendons are strong bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. The snapping sensation or popping noise occurs when the tight tissue crosses over a bony ridge in your hip.
This condition usually does not cause pain. However, snapping hip syndrome can lead to swelling in the bursa, which is a special sac of fluid that cushions your hip joint. Bursitis is a condition that happens when the swelling leads to pain that just doesn’t quit. Find out more about hip bursitis (trochanteric bursitis).
We are often able to diagnose snapping hip syndrome after a physical exam. During your exam, we:
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The best treatment for snapping hip syndrome starts with a period of rest to allow the tendon to heal naturally. Once you’ve rested enough for your symptoms to improve, we can help you plan a smooth transition back to your favorite activities with the help of other treatments, including: