What is it?

Snapping hip is a condition in which you feel a snapping sensation or hear a popping sound in your hip when you walk, get up from a chair, or swing your leg around. The reason for the snapping sensation if the result of a muscle or tendon moves over a bony lump in your hip. Even though this sensation is harmless and not painfull, it can be annoying. In some rare cases, snapping hip can turn to bursitis - a painful swelling of the hip joint.

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Diagnosis of clicking hip will most likely start with your doctor detemining the exact cause of the snapping. He may ask you about your medical history and symptoms, and conduct a physical examination during which you will be asked to repeat the activity that causes the clicking while your doctor try to feel your tendon and hip. Then, he or she may order X-ray scans or other scans like ultrasound or MRI to best diagnose the cause.


Treatment of clicking hip depends on the cause, and may range from rest and modification and activities, to physical therapy, steroid treatment and even surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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