How to treat Hip Popping?

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Sometimes, we may feel a snapping or popping on the outer side of the hip, while walking or rotating the hip. This condition is called as “Snapping hip”. Snapping hip syndrome is a condition that is distinguished by a snapping sensation, and frequently a perceptible 'popping' sound, when the hip is flexed and extended. This causes pain and discomfort. Often, Pain goes away with appropriate rest and reduced activity. There are more than a few reasons for snapping hip syndrome. The most common reason may be due to tendons catching on the bony prominences and "snapping" when the hip is moved while walking or doing any physical activity. Proffesional runners may feel the sensation or hear the sound of snapping or popping when their hip is flexed and extended. This takes place when a muscle or a tendon moves unusually over a bone. In the hip, this can occur at the outside of the hip (iliotibial band) or the pelvic area (iliopsoas tendon).


What are the causes of hip popping?

There are 3 most important causes for hip popping. They are as follows:

  • The iliotibial band snap: The iliotibial band snap is a chunky, broad tendon over the outside surface of the hip You do not have access to view this node. The general reason for a snapping hip syndrome is when the iliotibial band (or "IT band") snaps over the greater trochanter, the bony prominence over the outside of the hip You do not have access to view this node. If this is the cause of snapping hip syndrome, patients may suffer a condition called “trochanteric bursitis” from the inflammation of the bursa in this area.
  • The iliopsoas tendon snap: The iliopsoas tendon snap is the most important hip flexor muscle, and the tendon of this muscle goes by immediately in front of the hip joint. The iliopsoas tendon can catch on a bony prominence of the pelvis and cause a snap when the hip is bent or flexed. Typically, when the iliopsoas tendon is the primary reason for snapping hip syndrome, patients have no major pain, but may find the snapping irritating or bothersome.
  • Hip labral tear: The occasional cause of snapping hip syndrome is a tear of the cartilage within the hip You do not have access to view this node. If there is a loose flap of cartilage catching within the You do not have access to view this node, this may cause a snapping sensation when the hip is moved. Basically, this cause of snapping hip syndrome causes a snapping sensation, however infrequently a perceptible "pop." This kind of snapping hip syndrome may also cause a wobbly feeling, and when the hip snaps, patients may grasp for support quickly.


What are the symptoms of hip popping?

  • The major symptom of snapping hip syndrome is a popping sensation and frequently audible popping sound when walking or extending the You do not have access to view this node.
  • Generally, snapping hip syndrome creates minor distress, and pain may occur in only one out of three sufferers.
  • In case of some other bothersome sufferers, irritation is the major grievance.
  • If a patient suffers from trochanteric bursitis from snapping hip syndrome, he/she will experience augmented pain, mainly when lying on the affected side.


How to treat hip popping?

There are some treatments to ease hip popping.

  • OTC medicines: Taking an over the counter medication, such as Aspirin or ibuprofen that has anti-inflammatory properties not only help to diminish any inflammation or swelling that may be caused by the movement of the muscle over the You do not have access to view this node, but can also help out to diminish any pain that has occurred due to it.
  • Ice pack: One can get good results when an ice pack is applied. Applying ice pack before and after involving in activities that generally cause the snapping hip will not only diminish the harshness of the snapping, but also help in finally eradicating the popping overall. For the time being, it can also aid with any slight pain that the popping may produce.
  • Rehabilitation: The patients should work on building range of motion and strength in their medial hip rotators. Physical therapy may be useful for stretching out the muscles and tendons that cause a snapping hip and may help prevent the problem.
  • General medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of snapping hip syndrome, but they do not attend to the core of the problem. The treatment which strengthens the structural weaknesses in the body, such as natural medicine treatments like Prolotherapy, snapping hip syndrome may be lessened lastingly.
  • Traditional measures usually resolve the problem in 6 to 8 weeks. If the popping becomes more frequent and is increasingly uncomfortable, one should see a doctor.


What are the physical exercises to be done to treat hip popping?

   I.A patient can do the following exercise before and after a run, as well as throughout the day.

  • The patient should sit straight in a chair with both feet on the floor directly under the You do not have access to view this node.
  • Position the right foot on the thigh of the left You do not have access to view this node, resting the ankle just behind the You do not have access to view this node.
  • Contract the muscles in the hip and outer thigh of the right leg while slowly lowering the right knee towards the ground.
  • Use the right hand to gently press the right knee down while stabilizing and holding the foot in place.Hold for a second or two, release, and repeat 10 times.
  • Repeat with the other You do not have access to view this node.

II.The following exercise should be done at least twice a week after run.

  • Circle or loop a stretching rope around the arch of the right foot, holding the ends to the outside of the You do not have access to view this node.

  • Lift the rope up to remove any slack.

  • Place the left hand on the right thigh to stabilize the leg and keep the upper leg from lifting.

  • Rotate the lower part of the right leg away from the center of the body.

  • Slowly and gently pull on the rope to extend the range of motion.

  • Hold for a second or two, release, and repeat 10 times.

  • Repeat with the other You do not have access to view this node.

III.Once symptoms are reduced, a maintenance program of stretching and strengthening can be started.

IV.Light aerobic activity (warmup) followed by stretching and strengthening of the proper hamstring, hip flexors, and iliotibial band length is vital for reducing recurrences.


What are the other options to treat hip popping?

  • Corticosteroid Injection: If constant pain caused by bursitis persists, a corticosteroid injection may be helpful. Generally, Injections focuses on the iliopsoas bursa. Corticosteroid injections are common, but usually only last weeks to months. Also, corticosteroid side effects can include weight gain, weakening of the surrounding tissues, etc. Cellular based therapy may have a function in future injection based treatments, while there is no latest research proving the success of these therapies.
  • Surgery: In rare cases, if a patient does not respond well to medicine or physical therapy, or if abnormal structures are found, surgery may be recommended. Those patients who experience steadily painful iliopsoas symptoms may undergo surgical release of the contracted iliopsoas tendon. Torn cartilage in the hip joint may be accountable, which occasionally needs You do not have access to view this node. 
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