Snapping Hip Syndrome

What is snapping hip syndrome?

Snapping hip syndrome occurs when a snap or click can be heard and felt around the hip joint as it moves.

This problem can be caused by structures inside the joint or structures outside the joint. The snapping sensation can be caused by tendons or muscles flicking over a boney prominence. It can also be caused by a small piece of bone or cartilage getting stuck inside the joint.

People who suffer snapping hips are typically young and athletic, with dancers being particularly affected.

Snapping hip syndrome may be painful or painless. If pain is felt it may be present in the outer aspect of the hip or the groin depending on what structure is causing the snapping.

20 August, 2012