Snapping Hip


What is a snapping hip?

A snapping hip occurs when a tight iliopsoas tendon “pops” over several firm structures in the hip: the top of the femoral head, the iliopectineal eminence and labrum. This “popping” may produce a loud sound, and may cause a sensation that the hip is popping out of its socket or dislocating.

Often, flexing and extending the hip can reproduce the snapping.

how is a snapping hip treated?

When a snapping hip is painful and does not improve with stretching and physiotherapy, the tight iliopsoas can be released arthroscopically to alleviate the snapping.