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Symptoms and Treatment of Snapping Hip

Symptoms and Treatment of Snapping Hip

Occasional pops and cracks can come from virtually any joint in the human body, but when these sounds are accompanied by pains, weakness, or loss of mobility, it can signal a serious underlying issue. Snapping hip syndrome is prevalent in athletes—most notably in dancers—and it can cause anything from seemingly harmless sounds to dramatic hip pain.

Snapping Hip Symptoms

There are multiple factors that can cause snapping hip, which is why it may present itself in various ways. Of course, snapping or popping sounds upon walking, standing up, or running are the most common symptoms. Some patients even report sensations similar to the feeling of a disjointed hip ball-and-socket, but most delay medical services and avoid treatment until they develop severe pain near or in the hip joint.

If left untreated, snapping hip symptoms can progress and lead to intense discomfort in patients. The most common causes of snapping hip syndrome include iliotibial band syndrome, which can lead to an irritated bursa or potential hip bursitis, and iliopsoas tendon snap. Although conditions like iliopsoas tendon snap may not present physical pain or limit mobility in patients, the snapping sensation can still disrupt their daily lives and question the need for treatment.

Treatment for Snapping Hip

Like with any other progressive joint disorder, physicians will initially attempt to remedy hip snapping with the most conservative treatment plan possible. These treatment options can range from reduced activity and medication to physical therapy stretches to protect the muscles surrounding the affected hip area.

An orthopaedic specialist may recommend imaging tests to determine if there is any damage to the bones connected by the joint. If a patient fails to experience relief after physical therapy, relaxed home remedies, or inflammation-reducing injections, the physician may recommend intervention to surgically correct the underlying cause.

Snapping Hip Repair Specialists

If you want to step back into the studio or get back on the green without the setback of snapping hip symptoms, redesign your routine with Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. Our team of orthopedic specialists can create or modify a treatment plan to fit your hip issues and help you return to the stage, court, or field. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online request form or call 904-825-0540 for more information.


Paul Roettges, MDPaul Roettges – MD
A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Knee and Hip Surgeries, Dr. Roettges performs hip and knee replacements as well as complex unresolved hip and knee pain.