What causes a snapping hip syndrome?
Snapping hip commonly occurs in runners, triathletes, and occasionally in recreational athletes. The snapping is a result from the iliotibial band moving over the greater trochanter. Extending the hip from a flexed position might provoke the snapping. The motion will create a audible or palpable snap or click. If the athlete is complaining of significant pain or difficulty with weight bearing they should have diagnostic imaging performed to rule out any labrum tears.
Initial treatment for the client/patient should be rest and avoid activities associated with the snapping. Once pain has subsided, treatment should focus on stretching and strengthening of the hip abductors, adductors, hip flexors, and iliotibial band. Continued hip problems may require diagnostic imaging and a visit to a physician.
Typically return to action is 2-3 weeks when a consistent stretching and strengthening program is performed. Failure to improve may require some physical therapy.
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