Snapping Hip

Introduction

Snapping hip is a condition in which you hear or feel a snapping sensation in the hip while walking, standing, or moving the legs. The snapping occurs when tendons or muscles move over a bony protrusion in the hip. This condition rarely causes pain but is often bothersome and may be the cause of bursitis, which is a swelling of the bursae in the hips. Snapping hip is common for athletes, particularly young athletes, due to their increased use of various hip motions.

There are three primary areas where an individual can feel a snapping sensation: outside of the hip, the front of the hip, and the back of the hip. Snapping sensations may also occur as a result of damage to the labrum (a layer of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the hip that helps to add stability to the hip). In this case, the snapping may be painful.

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