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Snapping hip syndrome is a condition in which you feel a snap on the outside portion of your hip as you walk or run. It may happen only occasionally or it may happen all the time.
Several groups of muscles cross the hip as they pass from the thigh bone to the pelvis. When you bring your knee forward during walking, you may have a feeling of snapping in the hip. The snapping usually occurs because of tightness in a muscle called the iliopsoas or tightness in a muscle called the tensor fascia lata.
You feel snapping in your hip as you walk or run.
Your Advantage Physical Therapist will examine your hip and thigh. He or she may be able to feel the muscle group that is snapping as the leg moves forward.
Since this problem usually occurs because some muscles are too tight and some muscles are too loose, you will be given exercises to both strengthen and stretch your hip and thigh muscles. If this area becomes inflamed, your Advantage physical therapist may recommend that you put ice packs on the area for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain goes away.
The symptoms from a snapping hip may last a long time. Exercises will help stretch and strengthen the muscles and tissue around your hip that lead to the snapping and will reduce the amount of snapping and discomfort.
Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. How soon you can return to your activities will be determined by how soon your hip recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred. In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to recover. The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury.
You may safely return to your normal activities when, starting from the top of the list and progressing to the end, each of the following is true:
* You have full range of motion in the affected hip compared to the unaffected hip.
* You have full strength in the affected hip compared to the unaffected hip.
* You can walk straight ahead without pain or limping.
Snapping hip syndrome may be prevented by stretching the muscles that cross the hip from the pelvis to the thigh bone. Your Advantage Physical Therapist will be able to assist you with advice on appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises for this.