Snapping hip syndrome (SHS) is a hip disorder characterized by either hearing or feeling a snapping sound or sensation. It is a disorder that is more common in women, though men and even children can get it. You will feel or hear the snapping or clicking anytime you move your hip. For many people, snapping hip syndrome is nothing more than an annoying sound or sensation. Often called dancer’s hip, it can be associated with overuse, causing the muscle tendons around the hip to become inflamed, clicking as they rub over the hip socket.
However, for some people, the inflammation can cause severe pain and weakness, which can affect their overall performance. It can also increase your risk of joint damage. If you are showing signs of snapping hip syndrome and are experiencing pain and weakness, there are treatment options available. NJ Spine & Orthopedic and our compassionate patient advocates can help you treat your snapping hip syndrome and get you the care you deserve.
Snapping hip syndrome is usually caused by overuse. The muscles or tendons that support your hip become unusually tight, causing a popping or snapping sound when that tissue crosses over the hip joint. Growth spurts in children or unusual amounts of increased activity, especially when not enough time is allowed for recovery can cause snapping hip syndrome as well.
There are generally three types of snapping hip syndrome, including:
It’s important to reach out to a doctor and make sure you get the proper diagnosis for your snapping hip syndrome.
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As you may have suspected, the number one symptom of SHS is the snapping or popping sound heard when you move your hip. Sometimes, you may not actually hear the snapping, but you will feel a snapping sensation in the hip socket. However, there are other symptoms, particularly if the SHS is more advanced, such as:
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to NJ Spine & Orthopedic today for the treatment and help you deserve.
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Oftentimes, snapping hip syndrome may not require medical treatment. Your doctor may recommend that you rest your hip until the sensation of snapping or popping has subsided. This gives your muscles and tendons time to heal. If you are having mild pain in addition to the snapping sound or sensation, your doctor may suggest some over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. The use of a cold compress placed on your hip may also help with inflammation.
There are some snapping hip syndrome stretches or exercises that may help you if there is mild pain. It may be recommended that you need physical therapy or your doctor may give you stretches to perform at home. Some of the stretches may include:
If you are uncertain about how to perform the stretches or if you are doing them correctly, a physical therapist may be helpful. A physical therapist can help you strengthen, align, and stretch the muscles and tendons that support your hip.
If physical therapy has not helped or if your pain is still severe, you may need a corticosteroid injection. This injection reduces inflammation in the specific pain-producing area.
It is rare, but sometimes surgery is required in severe cases of snapping hip syndrome. The procedure recommended by your doctor depends on the cause of your snapping hip syndrome. Common procedures include:
If you need treatment for SHS, reach out to a medical provider as soon as possible to help alleviate symptoms.
If you have been suffering with pain and discomfort of snapping hip syndrome, or if your performance has declined because of SHS, our knowledgeable and compassionate staff can help determine the cause of your hip pain and recommend treatment options. Your health and safety are our primary concerns, so we use the latest technology and proven procedures to maximize your comfort. We offer the latest techniques of minimally-invasive procedures that will reduce your downtime and pain.
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