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Snapping Hip Syndrome

What is the anatomy of the hip?

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for various movements, such as walking, running, and bending. It involves several muscles, tendons, and bones that work together to provide stability and mobility.

What is snapping hip syndrome?

Snapping hip syndrome, also known as coxa saltans, is a condition characterized by an audible or palpable snapping sensation in the hip joint during movement. This snapping or popping sensation may be accompanied by pain or discomfort and can occur with certain activities such as walking, running, or bending the hip. Snapping hip syndrome is typically classified into two main types: internal snapping hip and external snapping hip. Internal snapping hip involves the iliopsoas tendon or the iliofemoral ligament snapping over bony prominences within the hip joint, while external snapping hip involves the iliotibial band or the gluteus maximus tendon snapping over the greater trochanter of the femur. In this comprehensive overview, we will explore the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention strategies for snapping hip syndrome.

What are the symptoms of snapping hip syndrome?

The primary symptom of snapping hip syndrome is the audible or palpable snapping sensation in the hip joint during movement. This snapping sensation may be painless or accompanied by discomfort or pain, particularly if associated with inflammation or irritation of the surrounding tissues. Individuals with snapping hip syndrome may also experience stiffness, weakness, or limited range of motion in the hip joint, which can impact daily activities and exercise performance.

How is snapping hip syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis of snapping hip syndrome typically involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies to assess the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. During the physical examination, Dr. Shane J. Nho will perform maneuvers to reproduce the snapping sensation and evaluate the range of motion, strength, and stability of the hip joint. Imaging studies such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound may be ordered to assess for structural abnormalities, soft tissue injuries, or bony impingement contributing to snapping hip syndrome.

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Dr. Shane Nho

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
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