Snapping Hip Syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome (also called dancer's hip, coxa saltans, and iliopsoas tendinitis) is a snapping or clicking sensation and possible sound in the hip joint that may or may not cause pain. Your hip may also feel that your hip is unstable and may give out.
Snapping hip syndrome occurs when a tendon running along the front or side of the hip flexor pops or snaps over a bone. This occurs when the leg moves from flexion to extension with the iliopsoas, or hip flexor, muscle. Snapping hip syndrome can be divided into different types: external, internal or intra-articular, which depend on where the snap is occurring.
The most common occurance of snapping hip syndrome is over the greater trochanter at the top of the femur and is referred to as external clicking hip. During hip flexion, when the leg moves forward, the gluteus maximus contracts and the tendon is pulled over the greater trochanter along with the iliotibial tract (IT band). When the gluteus medius tendon or IT band thickens or frays, it is more likely to catch on the bone. Due to tightness over the trachanteric bursa and irritation in the area, trochanteric bursitis may also develop with this type of snapping hip syndrome.
This type of snapping hip is less common than external snapping hip syndrome. It occurs when the iliopsoas tendon snaps over the femoral head or iliopectineal eminence. With internal clicking there is a gradual onset over a few months before the clicking may become noticeable. Internal snapping hip syndrome may cause or be trigger by iliopsoas bursitis.
Loose bodies in the hip joint or other tissue catching, like tissue from a labral tear, can cause intra-articular snapping hip syndrome. The labrum is a unique piece of cartilage that lines the inside of the hip socket. If it becomes damaged or torn, then it can cause a snap or pop in the hip joint itself as it moves.
Risks or Causes of Snapping Hip Syndrome
- Being between 15 and 40 years of age.
- Taking part in sports or activities involving repetitive hip flexion such as running, cheerleading, gymnastics, ballet, or soccer.
- Having tight IT bands, torn labrum or leg length discrepancy.
Treating Your Snapping Hip Syndrome
The treatment for snapping hip syndrome should focus on resting your hip and reducing inflammation to relieve pain.
Physical therapy can assist you in stretching the gluteus maximus tendon and IT band if they are tight. If the gluteus maximus tendon or iliotibial tract have thickened, frayed and/or become inflamed you can treat the injury to heal your tissue and repair the cause of you snapping hip syndrome. Treating the gluteus maximus tendon and IT band injury with cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will reduce your pain and speed healing so you can alleviate the symptoms of snapping hip syndrome quickly. In most cases, these conservative therapies will heal your snapping hip syndrome.
In some severe cases of snapping hip syndrome, surgery may be required to trim the catching piece of labrum, remove a loose piece in the joint, or lengthen the tendon that is too tight. Using cold compression and BFST® before surgery will help to reduce the symptoms of pain and inflammation. This will make it easier for you to complete your everyday activities with less pain while you await your surgery.
In addition, these therapies will help to keep your hip joint tissue and surrounding muscles as healthy as possible. This is beneficial for 2 reasons. First, with less inflammation and healthier tissue in the joint, your surgery will be less invasive and will require less time to heal. More importantly, it will minimize your risk of suffering future hip conditions such as osteoarthritis, chronic hip pain, and trochanteric bursitis which is a common condition immediately following surgery due to irritation during the procedure. Following your surgery, continued use of these therapies will result in a faster recovery and more complete healing. There isn't a better way to treat your hip before and after arthroscopic surgery.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of snapping hip syndrome doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. Cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of injury to the tendon or labrum or following surgery is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling. Cold compression therapy will also limit the amount of damage done to your tissue and can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your hip pain in an effective and convenient way. It is so versatile you can also use it to treat any pain you may be experiencing in your back or legs as well.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in your tendon or hip joint. It also reduces swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to the tissue in your hip joint and the cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your hip faster and with less pain!
Once the inflammation in your hip has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening your hip, lower back, upper leg and surrounding tissue is recommended. Using blood flow stimulation therapy will speed your recovery and heal your tendon, IT band, or acetabular labrum more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
After severe inflammation and swelling is reduced you can begin to treat your hip with blood flow stimulation therapy. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your hip to nourish your joint and speed healing.
The acetabular joint naturally receives a limited blood supply and when you stop moving your hip because it hurts the blood flow is reduced even further, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip joint with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the hip and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore hip because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® can also be used to treat your back, leg and other body parts with BFST®. It is an amazing healing tool that can be used to treat your entire body.
By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscle and tendon tissue, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your upper leg and hip joint tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve hip strength again once the pain from snapping hip syndrome has gone and your iliopsoas tendon, IT band, or labrum has healed.
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