Snapping hip is a condition in which you feel a snapping sensation or hear a popping sound in your hip when you walk, get up from a chair, or swing your leg around.
The snapping sensation occurs when a muscle or tendon moves over a bony protrusion in your hip.
Although snapping hip is usually painless and harmless, the sensation can be annoying.
Snapping hip can occur in different areas of the hip where tendons and muscles slide over prominences in the hip bones, including the side and front most commonly.
It is most often the result of tightness in particular muscles and tendons. People who are involved in sports and activities that require repeated bending at the hip are more likely to experience snapping hip, such as dancers, catchers and lineman.
Initial treatment typically involves a period of rest and modification of activities. Depending upon the cause of your snapping hip, other conservative treatment options may be recommended.
In the rare instances that snapping hip does not respond to conservative treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery. The type of surgery will depend on the cause of the snapping hip.
For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our specialists. Better yet, listen to The Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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