Pop, click, snap. It's a great sound for a breakfast cereal, but not so great when it's your hip. If you feel a snapping sensation in your hip, you may have a cartilage tear or debris in your hip joint. This condition is sometimes known as "snapping hip syndrome."
Understanding a Snapping Hip
Your hip can "snap" for several years. It may be caused by a certain muscle or tendon that moves over your thighbone in an unusual way. Or, the snapping in your hip could be caused by loose cartilage or a cartilage tear.
For many people a snapping hip is painless. However, if left untreated, it could lead to a condition called bursitis. Hip bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, or fluid-filled sac that helps the muscle move smoothly over a bone. Bursitis often causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Symptoms of a snapping hip can include an audible clicking or popping sound, or a snapping sensation when you move your hip. Some patients experience mild tenderness and a few experience pain that's severe enough to limit their mobility.
Treating Your Clicking Hip
While every patient is unique, our orthopedic specialists often recommend activity modifications, physical therapy and/or medication to reduce pain and inflammation. In rare cases, arthroscopic hip surgery may be required.
If you have hip pain and would like an evaluation with one of our specialists, please call our office or request an appointment online.