Snapping hip also referred as dancers hip is a problem in which the patient or the tolerant hears a snapping sound or sense the pain when certain activity like walking, swinging leg around or while getting up from the chair. The condition irritates the patient and the only sign is the snapping sound and mainly for athletes and dancers, the symptoms may include weakness or pain which interrupts the regular performance.
As soon as the sensation or a slight pain is felt, it is essential to consult the doctor and treat the problem. Besides this, in some cases, snapping hip leads to bursitis, an annoying and irritating pain with swelling of the liquid filled sacs that stifles the hip joint.
What are the causes of Snapping Hip?
It is due to the result of stiffness in tendons and muscles that surround the hip area. Those who are more involved in athletes and sports activities and those who require repeated bending from the hip holds more chance to get snapping hip. Especially, dancers are susceptible. Today, not of the age, but due to the activities, this snapping hip condition is found in youth and is common in pubescent expansion spurts.
How to treat snapping hip?
Most of them avoid visiting a physician and curing the problem. Instead, follow home remedies to reduce the pain which is not recommended. When the pain gets severe, it is advisable to visit a doctor and follow a professional treatment which reduces pain and discomfort. Well, the initial treatment involves rest for a certain period and change in regular activities based upon the cause of the situation. Your doctor for sure will recommend:
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injection treatment and
- Surgical treatment
Certain exercises in order to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the hip are performed by therapists. The exercises applied are:
- Iliotibial band stretch
- Piriformis stretch
In case, if there is hip bursitis, the physician recommends a Cortocosteriod injection into the bursa to lessen the inflammation and pain.
When the snapping hip fails to respond to the conservative treatment, the physician recommends surgery based on the condition of the pain and the cause of the snapping hip, which involves Hip Arthroscopy and Open procedure to meet the health needs of the individual.