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Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping Hip Syndrome (also known as Coxa Saltans) is a hip condition, where a person may feel a snapping sensation or hear a snapping sound when they move their hip joint. 

What is Snapping Hip Syndrome?

Snapping Hip Syndrome is a condition characterized by the popping sensation (and often times a popping sound from the hip) whenever the person moves or stand from a sitting position.This happens due to the movement of the protruded hip over a muscle or tendon. The snapping hip is a significant risk factor in the pathogenesis of trochanteric bursitis.

There are three types of Snapping Hip Syndrome:

  • Internal. This type occurs when your tendons slide over bone structures at the front of your hip joint.
  • External. With this type, your tendon or muscle slides over bone at the top of your thigh bone, or femur. 
  • Intra-articular. In this category, a snapping hip is caused by an actual hip joint issue or injury. Unlike external or internal SHS, intra-articular SFS isn’t caused by a tendon or muscle.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Signs and Symptoms of Snapping Hip Syndrome

In vast majority of cases, Snapping Hip Syndrome is an asymptomatic, pain-free condition; however, in certain cases, it may present with disturbing symptoms like pain or swelling of the hip, difficulty in moving, stiffness of hip joint and limited range of hip motion.

Causes of Snapping Hip Syndrome

Several causative agents can increase the risk of Snapping Hip Syndrome, such as highly dynamic or active lifestyle, certain occupational activities (such as dancing, sports), prior history of hip injuries, surgeries or traumatic incidents and morbid obesity.

Statistics and Epidemiology related to Snapping Hip Syndrome

The prevalence of snapping hip in general population is 5%.

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