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Snapping Hip

Patients who complain of snapping hip claim that they feel a “snapping” sensation when they perform certain repetitive movements, such as walking, bending or sitting. While snapping hip is usually painless and harmless, it can be annoying.

The cause of the snapping is the movement of the iliotibial tendon over the greater trochanter (bony portion of the hip bone). This condition may lead to bursitis, which is an inflammation of the bursa sac at the hip joint. Another tendon that may cause snapping at the hip joint is the tendon of the hip flexor or rectus femoris muscle.

Diagnosis of Snapping Hip
Most patients do not see a physician for this condition. Those who do seek medical advice will be asked to identify the site of the popping and the kind of activities that cause the snapping. X-rays are normally taken and other testing may be required.

Treatment for Snapping Hip
No treatment is necessary if snapping is not painful. Home treatment for painless snapping includes reduction in activity, reducing any swelling by applying ice, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and even the modification of certain activities to reduce repetitive movements. Treatment for discomfort with snapping includes stretching, corticosteroid injections for bursitis or surgery in rare cases.

In more serious cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. If you feel that snapping hip is hampering your ability to enjoy, or even perform certain daily tasks, it may be time to talk to a specialist.

Let the Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth help you stop snapping hip. Our specialists can help you with a treatment plan designed just for you.

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