Why is My Hip Snapping?

woman suffering from hip joint pain Hip problems can have a long-lasting impact on your way of life. Discomfort and pain can make performing everyday activities difficult. If you constantly hear a popping noise in your hips, it could indicate that you are dealing with the condition affecting nearly 10% of the population called Snapping Hip Syndrome. This condition can be painful for some people, and having no way to address the issue can add further frustration.

Here are a few factors that cause snapping hip syndrome and what you can do to get the problem under control.

How Does Snapping Hip Syndrome Happen?

Snapping hip syndrome can seem like it has come out of nowhere, but the condition gradually occurs over time due to overuse. Tight muscles or tendons that slide over the bony knob in your hip create the noise you hear in your hips. Many athletes performing repetitive movements, such as ballerinas, report hearing the sound associated with snapping hip syndrome.

How Painful is Snapping Hip Syndrome?

For most people snapping hip syndrome is just a nuisance that they put up with on a daily basis. For people who participate in athletic training, it can be a problem. Specific movements can cause the overuse of the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip, leading to discomfort. In some cases, the pain can be severe enough for athletes to step away for rehabilitation.

Is Snapping Hip Syndrome Dangerous?

It may be anxiety-inducing to hear a snapping noise in your hip. Although snapping hip syndrome is primarily harmless for most people, it can lead to complications for others if it remains untreated. For some people, snapping hip syndrome can cause painful conditions such as hip bursitis, which can wreak havoc on your daily life.

You can do several things at home to reduce some of the effects of snapping hip syndrome, which can include

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Stretching
  • Strength-building exercises for your hips

If you have tried conservative methods to treat snapping hip syndrome, but they have been ineffective, seeking the help of a professional can give you access to additional strategies. If you would like to pursue a professional opinion about your hip condition, please get in touch with us at one of our 8 locations. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 631.689.6698.

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