Snapping Hip Syndromes

Snapping hip is basically a snapping sensation that causes a popping sound in the hip while walking, getting up from a chair, or swinging leg around. This occurs when a muscle or tendon moves over a bony protrusion in the hip joint.

Characteristics of Snapping Hip Syndrome:
  • Cause: Extreme tightness in the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip joint. Sports, athletic activities and dancing can produce snipping sound in hip.

  • Symptoms: Although the syndrome is painless and harmless but the sensation can be annoying and can also lead to painful swelling of the fluid-filled sacs (bursitis).

  • Treatment: Hip arthroscopy is recommended in those cases that do not respond to conservative treatment including physical therapy and corticosteroid injection. Arthroscopy is performed to release or trim the offending tendon on soft tissue.