There’s this snapping in my hip, and it’s bothering me!

Well, it is likely that you have snapping hip syndrome, otherwise also known as Coxa Saltans.

What is snapping hip syndrome?

Snapping hip syndrome (SHS) is when there is a flicking sensation and/or audible “snap” or “click” noise in or around the hip with movement. For some people it is just annoying. But for others it may limit function due to pain or weakness with hip movements.

Snapping hip syndrome affects up to 10% of the general population. This occurs in a higher incidence in activities that involve repetitive hip movements such as dance, soccer, gymnastics and running.

What causes snapping hip syndrome?

In most cases, snapping hip syndrome has a gradual onset. Most commonly,SHS is caused by the iliotibial band (ITB) snapping over the outer side of the hip (greater trochanter of the femur). This may feel like the hip is dislocating. It can also be caused by the hip flexor (iliopsoas) tendon snapping over bony prominences near the hip joint.

When snapping hip syndrome is the result of an injury or traumatic event, it may be due to loose bodies in the hip joint or a torn labrum.

What should I do about it?

In most cases, conservative management strategies such as physiotherapy and exercise are effective. Your management plan will likely include stretching and release of tight muscles. Also strengthening exercises for weak muscles around the hip. The Physiotherapists at GSSC are experienced in the management of hips and snapping hip syndrome. For an appointment call 03 9815 2555 or book online here

If you have pain with specific hip movements, it is best to avoid those aggravating movements to allow the hip to settle. When significant pain presents that is limiting your participation in rehabilitation, a corticosteroid injection may be considered as an adjunct treatment.

Surgery should only be used as a last resort if a structured conservative management plan has failed.

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Posted by Matt
On 03 May 2022

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