Snapping Hip Syndrome

WHAT IS SNAPPYING HIP SYNDROME?

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

WHAT CAUSES SNAPPING HIP SYNDROME?

The most common reason is caused by the iliotibial band, tensor fasciae latae, or gluteus medius tendon sliding back and forth across the greater trochanter. This normal action becomes a snapping hip syndrome when one of these connective tissue bands thickens and catches with motion. The underlying bursa may become inflamed causing Bursitis and cause additional snapping sound.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Chiropractic adjustments can be made to prevent aberrant motion and misalignment of the hips. If the pelvis is tilted for example, one side becomes tighter than the other. Rapid release and graston therapy are generally used to loosen up the surrounding muscle to prevent the pulling affect from the muscles mentioned above. Daily stretching habits and applying ice to the inflamed muscles, unless bursitis is suspected, are recommended as home therapy.

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