Have you ever heard your hip make a popping sound when you get up out of a chair or felt a snapping sensation when you walk or swing your leg around? It could be that you are experiencing what is called Snapping Hip Syndrome.
What is it?
The snapping sensation occurs when tight muscle tendons move over bony protrusions of the hip. Snapping hip syndrome is usually nothing more than an annoyance but if left untreated can lead to hip bursitis and increased hip pain or stiffness.
If the snapping sensation is felt in the outer part of the hip, it is likely that the IT Band is tight. If felt in the front of the hip, the quadriceps or hip flexor muscles are the likely culprits. Lastly, if the sensation is felt in the back of the hip, it may be that the hamstring tendon is the cause.
All three of these causes are usually pain free. If the snapping sensation is accompanied by pain or a locking up of the hip joint, it may be that a tear in the labrum (the band of cartilage surrounding the hip joint) is the cause. A physical therapist will be able to determine if the cartilage is involved or not with a quick evaluation.
How do I get it to go away?
For most people, it is possible to decrease the the annoying hip snap with some of these simple stretches:
IT BAND STRETCH
HAMSTRING STRETCH (Walking Heel Scoops)
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
If your snapping sensations persist after trying these stretches, you need to contact our office and see a specialist to help this symptom go away! Please call us at (303)952-5053 to schedule an appointment and start feeling better!