Is snapping hip painful and do you must treat this condition?
Snapping hip syndrome typically causes a hip pop, click, or snap that can be heard and/or seen, but that is not painful. People who do experience hip pain can typically bring their symptoms under control with non-surgical treatments. If non-surgical treatments do not work, surgery may be recommended.
Nonsurgical Treatment for snapping hip syndrome
- People with snapping hip syndrome are advised to avoid the motions that cause the snapping, popping or clicking sensation. Resting limits joint irritation and allows the affected tendon, muscle or bursa to heal.
- NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors. Taking these drugs for a limited period of time may ease inflammation and hip pain.
- Physical therapy. A licensed physical therapist can help loosen tension and encourage healing in the muscles and tendons that cause external and inner snapping hip.
- Steroid injections. A physician may recommend a steroid injection if the pain from the snapping hip syndrome interferes with daily living.
Surgical Treatment for snapping hip syndrome
Your procedure depends on the underlying cause of your condition. Common procedures for hip clicking include:
- Iliotibial band release. This procedure involves lengthening your iliotibial band to reduce tension and hip snapping. It’s recommended for people experiencing pain from external SHS.
- Iliopsoas tendon release. Recommended for people with internal SHS, this procedure involves lengthening the iliopsoas tendon. It reduces muscle tension and may decrease hip clicking.
- Arthroscopic hip debridement. With this surgical procedure, your doctor will make a small incision at the hip joint cavity to remove debris. This procedure is most appropriate for those with intra-articular SHS.