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Snapping Hip Syndrome

  • What is Snapping Hip Syndrome?

    Snapping Hip Syndrome (also called Dancer’s Hip or Iliopsoas Tendinitis) is a painless popping or clicking sound around the hip joint. Snapping Hip Syndrome is characterised by a snapping sensation and/or an audible ‘snap’ or ‘click’ noise around the hip when you move. It frequently occurs in runners, soccer players and dancers, and is most common in people aged 15 to 40 years. The condition is simply an annoyance for most people, but it can cause pain and weakness.

    The three types of Snapping Hip Syndrome are:

    • Iliotibial Band Snap, the iliotibial band is a thick tendon over the outside of the hip joint
    • Internal, the iliopsoas tendon is the primary hip flexor muscle, and the tendon of this muscle passes just in front of the hip joint
    • Intra-Articular, tear of the cartilage within the hip joint
  • The causes of Snapping Hip Syndrome include:

    • Leg length discrepancy
    • Ligament laxity
    • Movement of muscle or tendon over a bony area
    • Prolonged exercise
    • Repetitive hip movements
    • Tight Iliotibial band
    • Weakness in the muscles around the hip
  • Symptoms include:

    • A snapping sound
    • Noise around the hip joint when bending or extending your hip
    • Pain that decreases with rest and when you reduce your activities
  • Treatment typically involves:

    • Applying ice
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Reducing your activity levels
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