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What is snapping hip?



Snapping hip is a condition that causes a loud ‘snapping’ noise in the hip. Physiotherapy is an excellent treatment for snapping hip.


How does snapping hip happen?



Snapping hip is commonly seen in ballet dancers. Normally, when the hip is moved, the muscles around the hip glide over any irregularities on the bones. If one of these muscles is tight it can catch on one of the irregularities on the bone. Therefore, as the hip moves forward the muscle can ‘snap’ over the bone.


What are the symptoms of snapping hip?



Snapping hip causes a snapping noise within the hip when the hip joint is moved. This snapping may be combined with a sensation of the muscle getting caught and then released as it snaps over the bone. This snapping is usually painless. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have snapping hip?



If you have or suspect you have a snapping hip, you should arrange a physiotherapy assessment as soon as possible.


Physiotherapy treatment for a snapping hip.



Physiotherapy is important in the treatment of snapping hip. Initially, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your problem and determine the reason why you are experiencing your symptoms. Following the assessment, your physiotherapist will design a treatment plan to target your problems. Treatment often involves:

What shouldn’t I do if I have a snapping hip?



If you have a snapping hip, you should not ignore your problem. If the condition is ignored it is possible that it could become painful and interfere with you activities of daily life.


Could there be any long-term effects from a snapping hip?



With the correct treatment snapping hip does not cause long-term effects.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.


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