Orthopedic Treatment For Snapping Hip

by Administrator 21. January 2015 08:13

If you hear a popping sound in your hip while getting up from a chair, walking or swinging your leg, or if you feel a snapping sensation, then you may be suffering from Snapping Hip. This condition usually occurs when a tendon or a muscle moves over a bony protrusion. The condition may not be painful in most situations; however, the sensation can be quite frustrating. The condition can further cause Bursitis, which is the swelling in the fluid filled sacs that usually cushions the hip joint and helps the muscles move smoothly. Snapping Hip can occur in any part of the hip including back, front and sides where muscles and tendons slide over knobs. Sports persons and athletes are more susceptible to be affected with Snapping Hip.


  • Tightness in the muscles and tendons around the hip
  • Repeated bending at the hip during sports or other activities such as dances, athletics etc.
  • An injury or collision
  • Strain from a sudden increase in the amount of activity
  • Lifting or climbing activities
  • Inadequate warm up before playing
  • Poor physical conditioning


  • Hearing a pop sound
  • Snapping in the front, back or side of hip while lowering, lifting or swinging the legs
  • Tightness in the front or back of the hip
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Weakness in the leg
  • Inability to perform daily activities


The orthopedic surgeon will ask questions about the medical history and the nature of the discomfort in the hip to diagnose the condition. He may also perform certain physical tests to determine the exact cause of the Snapping Hip. You may be asked to move your hip in different directions to produce the snapping. The doctor may also ask questions regarding the kind of activities bring on the snapping, where it hurts, whether you have had any injuries, collisions or other situations that might have caused the Snapping Hip. Often the orthopedic doctor also recommends imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to find out the extent of the problem.


The orthopedic surgeon will determine the extent of the condition and devise a treatment plan. He can refer you to a physical therapist to help you strengthen your muscles, improve motion, reduce pain and speed up the recovery time. However in rare circumstances, Snapping Hip needs to be treated surgically. During the procedure the orthopedic surgeon removes the torn tendons or ligaments by making an incision. The surgery is followed up by a recovery time after which the patient can return to normal routine.

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