Snapping hip Syndrome
Have you noticed some increased pain in your hip over the recent weeks? Snapping Hip Syndrome is very common in long distance runners, hurdlers and dancers. More common in females and can occur in individuals of all ages. The pain starts out as a slight pain in the hip and you might notice yourself walking with a slight limp. As the condition progresses the mild pain in the hip can turn into a more severe pain in the groin, thigh or medial knee. When the patient is asked to move the hip through its range of motion there will typically be an audible snapping sound heard.
We will walk you through risk factors, causes, treatment and prognosis of Snapping Hip Syndrome. First, what are some of the main risk factors for Snapping Hip Syndrome? One of the main risk factors is hypermobility/instability of the hip. Leg length asymmetry is another very common cause of this particular hip injury. Thirdly, high impact actives such as a plyometric training program or over-training may began the processes leading to Snapping hip Syndrome. Another important exercise to avoid is running the same direction on a banked surface (side walk or track). Lastly, Muscle imbalance around the hip can lead to Snapping Hip Syndrome.
Second, Treatment of Snapping Hip Syndrome can be easy if caught at an early stage. If you allow this condition to enter the chronic phase of healing, the treatment time is greatly increased. Typically, heat should be applied to the affected hip followed by manual therapy. The manual therapy should consist of trigger point and deep tissue massage throughout the hip musculature. Manipulation and mobilization of the affected hip will increase range of motion and correct any leg length discrepancy which might be present. Stretching and strengthen is the most important treatment and should start after the pain subsides. Ice should be applied to the affected hip on a daily basis.
Lastly, Prognosis of Snapping Hip Syndrome is great if treatment is managed correctly. Typically, athletes will return to pre-injury activities within 4 weeks but should continue to limit or avoid aggravating activities. If you have any question about Snapping Hip Syndrome feel free to contact us.