What is snapping hip syndrome, and how is it treated?
Snapping hip syndrome (SHS) is a condition that is usually identified by a snapping sensation, perhaps with a snapping or clicking sound when the hip is in motion.
You may hear people refer to this as dancer’s hip or coxa saltans.
The condition can further be defined as external snapping hip syndrome or internal snapping hip syndrome.
For many people, this condition is nothing more than an annoyance. However, in some cases, the condition can cause pain and weakness causing problems with functional mobility.
If you are experiencing pain in your hip that interferes with your mobility, then schedule a consultation with the team at OrthoNeuro. Our orthopedic surgeons provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and personalized treatment.
The snapping sensation usually happens when a muscle or tendon passes over a bony structure in the hip.
Internal snapping hip syndrome occurs when the hip flexor muscle or iliopsoas tendon snaps over the front of the hip bone, causing a snap in the front of the hip.
External snapping hip syndrome usually occurs when the iliotibial band slides over the protruding part of the thigh bone called the greater trochanter.
Another snapping site is where the ball at the top of the thigh bone fits into the socket in the pelvis to form the hip joint.
The snapping occurs when the rectus femoris tendon, which runs from inside the thigh bone up through the pelvis, moves back and forth across the ball when the hip is bent and straightened.
Less commonly, a cartilage tear or bits of broken cartilage or bone in the joint space can cause snapping, or a loose piece of cartilage can cause the hip to lock up. This can cause pain and disability.
Your surgeon will usually try non-surgical treatments first to treat snapping hip syndrome.
Treatment may include the following:
If non-surgical treatments do not help relieve your symptoms, you may be recommended to have surgery.
Surgical treatments will always be recommended according to the underlying cause of your symptoms.
The following types of surgery may be recommended:
If you have severe hip discomfort because of a snapping hip, schedule a consultation online today at OrthoNeuro.
Our orthopedic surgeons provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and personalized treatment.
If you are suffering from discomfort due to a snapping hip, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Hip Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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