Snapping hip refers to a condition in which the patient experiences a snapping sensation or hears a popping sound in the hip while walking, rising from a chair, or swing the leg around. This snapping feeling occurs when a tendon or muscle (the strong tissue that connects muscle to bone) moves over a bony protrusion in the hip.
Though this condition is typically harmless and painless, the sensation may be a cause for annoyance. In certain cases, the hip snapping causes bursitis which is a painful inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint. Hip arthroscopy orthopedic surgery can help to treat snapping hip syndrome.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides hip arthroscopy procedures to patients in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other suburbs and cities in this part of the country.
Snapping hip is most commonly occurs due to the tightness in the tendons and muscles around the hip. Individuals involved in activities and sports that warrant repetitive bending at the hip are more prone to snapping hip, especially dancers.
Young athletes are also vulnerable to develop the snapping hip. The reason for this is that the tautness in the muscle structures of the hip is standard during growth spurts in adolescence.
The most common area of snapping hip is at the outer side. Here the iliotibial band passes over the part of the thigh bone called the greater trochanter. If the trochanter projects outwards slightly, the movement of the band across it leads to the snapping sound.
This hip snapping may eventually cause hip bursitis. Bursitis is the swelling and thickening of the bursa which is a fluid-filled sac that enables the muscle to glide smoothly over the bone
Medical History and Physical Exam
The surgeon will initially establish the exact reason for the snapping by reviewing the patient’s health history and symptoms and then performing a physical exam. They may ask the patient about the location of the pain, the types of activities that lead to snapping, and if they can demonstrate the snapping, or if they have experienced an injury to the hip region.
X-rays provide clear images of thick structures, like bone. Though x-ray images of individuals with snapping hip do not usually display anything abnormal, the physician may order x-rays in combination with other tests to rule out any issues with the joint or bones.
In a situation where the snapping hip is unresponsive to conservative treatment, the surgeon may recommend hip arthroscopy orthopedic surgery. The surgical procedure will be customized according to the patient’s unique anatomy, symptoms, and the cause behind the snapping hip.
During hip arthroscopy procedure, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera, known as an arthroscope, into the hip joint. The camera showcases images on a television screen. The surgeon will use these pictures to guide very small surgical instruments.
As the arthroscope and surgical tools are thin, the surgeon can only place tiny incisions (cuts) instead of the more substantial incisions required for standard, open surgery. Hip arthroscopy is most often used to eliminate or repair pieces of a torn labrum.
Astute orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas across the horizon for hip arthroscopy procedures.
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
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