Snapping Hip Syndrome

snapping hip syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome (also referred to as iliopsoas tendinitis or dancer’s hip) is a medical condition characterised by a snapping sensation felt when the hip is flexed and extended. This may be accompanied by an audible snapping or popping noise and pain or discomfort. Pain often decreases with rest and diminished activity.

Some Causes of Snapping Hip Syndrome:
The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue over the outside of the hip joint. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during walking and running. The most common cause of this is when the iliotibial band (ITB) snaps over the greater trochanter (the bony prominence over the outside of the hip joint). If this is the cause of snapping hip syndrome, patients may develop trochanteric bursitis from the irritation of the bursa in this region. Usually when the iliopsoas tendon is the cause of snapping hip syndrome, patients have no problems, but may find the snapping annoying.

Treatment Methods:
Physiotherapy treatment works to eliminate the pain associated with snapping hip syndrome while also addressing and targeting the causes(s) of the snapping. As each patient is seen on a case by case basis, your particular treatment may involve acupuncture, dry needling, massage, mobilisation and/or manipulative physiotherapy. Physiothearpy can be very useful for identifying tight structures around the hip and stretching out the muscles and tendons that cause a snapping hip and may help prevent the problem.

What we can do for you:
At PhysioCare, we make sure to go that extra mile so that you can return to a pain free life. Our team of Chartered Physiotherapists work with you the patient at a pace and with an approach that aims to maximise your outcome and recovery. Treatment sessions can either be held in one of our five clinics which feature spacious, private treatment rooms; or in the comfort of your own home if you are unable to make it into one of our clinics as we do have a Home Visit service available.

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