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Snapping Hip Syndrome

Brett Cascio, M.D.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Fingers are for snapping, not hips. Learn about Snapping Hip Syndrome:

Snapping Hip Syndrome

What is Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome is a common condition of the hip where a tendon catches on a portion of the femur, or upper leg bone. This creates a snapping sensation or sound while a person is moving.

What causes Snapping Hip Syndrome?

If the tendon known as the iliotibial band is abnormally tight, it can slide over and behind the femur, creating a snapping sound. This condition is usually caused by genetic predisposition. Slight anatomical variations can be passed down to make some people predisposed to snapping hip syndrome. Snapping hip syndrome can also be caused by a cartilage tear or loose bodies in the hip joint.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

A snapping sound or sensation when bending, stretching or otherwise moving the hip is the most common symptom of snapping hip syndrome. Pain and temporary locking of the lip may also occur. If you present these symptoms, your doctor may diagnose this condition.

How is Snapping Hip Syndrome Treated?

Treatment of this condition depends on its severity. If there is no pain, treatment may not be pursued. Often treatment starts conservatively, with options including rest, ice, compression, medication, and physical therapy. If the condition is severe, surgery may be necessary to release the tendons causing the symptoms.

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