Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome is a form of tendinitis that is also referred to as dancer’s hip. This form of tendinitis occurs when a snapping feeling is felt throughout the hips when the hip is extended during activity. This may be followed by or conjoined with a popping noise and incredible pain or discomfort. There are several symptoms, causes for and treatments of snapping hip syndrome. The following are some of the symptoms, causes and treatment plans.


The causes of snapping hip syndrome or dancer’s hip, are related to athletes who participate in activities with rigorous hip movement. These athletes can participate in ballet, gymnastics, track and field, soccer and may also participate in various forms of military training. Weight lifting and running can also contribute to causes of injury of snapping hip syndrome. This injury generally occurs in individuals between the ages of 15 and 45 years old. There are two types of dancer’s hip or snapping hip syndrome. The first kind is an extra particular snap. This is associated with a leg length difference and tightness in the tendon. The second is the intra-articular snapping hip. This has the similar causes of the extra articular counterpart. The pain with intra-articular snapping is due to intense movement and rigorous activity. In other words, the more an individual participates in the activity and the longer hours the individual participates in the activity the more common it is for them to create or cause an intra-articular snapping.


The symptoms of snapping hip syndrome or dancer’s hip are commonly associated with tendinitis. Snapping hip syndrome tends to offer an increased amount of pain in the joint and muscle area. This pain will subside after immobilization and may continue when the individual returns to the activity. Much like tendinitis, the pain can come and go or it can be chronic.


The treatments for snapping hip syndrome are much the same as tendinitis. Snapping hip syndrome can be cured with treatment. The first option is to provide the individual with over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy. If the physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medication do not work, then the individual will be prescribed a stronger prescription pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication. If this step does not work the individual may have to seek diagnostic imaging to provide them with a baseline for treatment. Injection treatments of cortisone are also part of the therapy as well as self treatment options including immobilization. Permanent immobilization or a non-return to the activity is a last resort in situations where no other option has worked.

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