What Is Snapping Hip Syndrome and How Is It Treated?

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A person suffering from snapping hip syndrome or iliopsoas tendonitis or dancer’s hip experiences snapping sensations while walking, running, swaying legs, doing exercises, or even rising from a chair. Iliopsoas tendonitis or snapping hip syndrome is characterized by clicking or snapping in the groin/hip region. Even simple movements while performing exercises become an annoyance. Athletes and dancers are more prone to iliopsoas tendonitis; they experience pain in addition to snapping sensations while doing any exercises.
 
 
What Causes Snapping Hip Syndrome?
 
Snapping hip syndrome occurs mostly due to tendon or muscle movement over bony hip structures. Basically, iliopsoas tendonitis is an inflammation of the area surrounding the tendon. Mostly, the outer region of hip where iliotibial connective tissue band passes over the jutting out thighbone is affected. This is known as the greater trochanter. When you stand up, this band remains behind the trochanter, but once you bend your hips, the band comes to the front of the trochanter, causing the snapping noise and sensation. Even the iliopsoas tendon connected with the upper thigh inner region may snap with hip movement. Any loose cartilaginous pieces may also lead to such problems. Major causes of snapping hip syndrome or iliopsoas tendonitis include excessive and repetitive hip flexing while dancing or doing exercises.
 
How Is Snapping Hip Syndrome Treated?
 
Usually, iliopsoas tendonitis causes minimal discomfort with almost no limitations to the movement. Therefore, people seldom visit a medical practitioner. But, athletes or dancers cannot ignore tendonitis because various exercises are part of their profession. However, if the problem is not severe, simple home remedies and exercises are recommended:
  • Application of ice
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Reduction in exercises and other similar activities
 
Exercises / Stretches as Treatment for Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Quadriceps stretch: Stand away from a wall at an arm’s length. Now place the hand on the wall opposite the hip side causing the problem. With the other hand, hold the ankle of the afflicted leg while keeping the knees together. Now pull ankle towards the buttocks, hold it for about 30 to 60 seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise a few times.
  • Iliotibial stretch or exercises: In order to do this exercise, you need to get your legs together and stand. Now cross the uninjured leg before the afflicted one, bend down and touch your toes. Stay in this position for 30 seconds and then return to your original position. Repeat this exercise at least three times.  
Such simple remedies and exercises can be useful in reducing or treating snapping hip syndrome (iliopsoas tendonitis). However, if this doesn't reduce the tendonitis, it is advisable to see a physical therapist and get appropriate treatment for snapping hip syndrome through exercises. In most cases, they will suggest intensive exercises accompanied by alignment, stretching, and strengthening. Doctors may even suggest local corticosteroid injection for relieving inflammation in iliopsoas tendonitis. However, if nothing seems to help, there is no other way except surgery.
 

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