Do you feel an audible ‘snap’ or ‘pop’around the hip, annoyed by it?

Do you feel an audible ‘snap’ or ‘pop’ around the hip on certain movements (often painless)? The feeling comes and goes or it’s there all the time on the outside portion of your hip? You feel it when you bring your knee forward as you walk, get up from a chair or even swing your leg around.

You could be experiencing Snapping Hip Syndrome. It occurs because of tightness in particular muscles that move your hips read on How well do you listen to your muscles.  Anyone can have it but it’s common in athletes who participate in sports that require running, jumping, and/or kicking. Weight lifters and dancers also get the condition. Most people don’t go to their doctor unless they experience pain.  If you have pain,  your doctor will examine and diagnose your hip and thigh.

He or she may be able to feel the muscle group that is snapping as the leg moves forward. You may also be asked to stand and move your hip in various directions to reproduce the snapping.  Don’t be alarmed if X-rays are taken this is typically normal and may be requested along with other tests so that the doctor can rule out any problems with the bones or joint. 

It can become painful in more chronic cases so your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and rest. Also, ice packs on the area for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until the pain goes away.  Exercises to both strengthen and stretch your hip and thigh muscles may be recommended.

If the snapping bothers you but not to the point of seeing your doctor, try modifying your sport or exercise activities to avoid repetitive movement of the hip and still apply ice. Since the problem usually occurs because some muscles are too tight and some muscles are too loose. 

As part of your physical therapy consider an alternative treatment.  Therapeutic massage is effective using modalities and techniques that treats problems with your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It can help release any tension in your major hip muscles. Massaging the area will increase the blood flow to the muscles helping to speed healing time.  Don’t miss out,  experience some relief, call your massage therapist today!

Snapping hip syndrome may be prevented by stretching the muscles that cross the hip from the pelvis to the thigh bone.  Remember to warm-up and stretch thoroughly before working out.

Feel free and leave a comment, If this information was helpful to you please consider sharing it.  Below is a self-help tip that is very effective in rehabilitating and prevention.

Self Help Tip: Hip Flexor Stretch  

This is commonly used for the muscles at the front of the hip. The other Quadricep muscles can be included if you reach back and lift the foot off the floor too.

Kneel with one knee on the floor and the other foot in front with the knee bent
Push your hips forwards and keep the back upright
Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds
Sit on the ground with one leg tucked under your buttocks
Lean backwards slowly

References: The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


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