Snapping Hip Syndrome (Groin pain)

Snapping Hip Syndrome (Groin pain)
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome also known as Coxa Saltans
  • It is characterized by snapping sensation, and/or audible “snap” or “click” noise, in or around the hip when it is in motion.
  • The nature of this condition is typically an overuse injury, with a higher occurrence in activities that involve repetitive hip flexion and extension, such as dance, soccer, gymnastics and running
Quick Facts bout Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome is thought to affect up to 10% of the general population.
  • It is thought to occur more frequently in females than men, but no any statistical proof to show that gender is the risk factor.
  • For most people this condition is simply an annoyance; however, it may result in both pain and weakness interfering functional mobility.
  • There are various causes for snapping hip syndrome, which can be further classified as external, internal, or intra-articular in origin.
External (most common)
  • gradual onset of snapping or pain located outer surface of the hip.
  • Iliotibial band (or “IT band”) snapping over the greater trochanter of the femur.
Sign and symptoms
  • snapping as the patient actively move the hip forward and backward.
  • These patients may describe a sense that the hip is dislocating. 
  • gradual onset, usually not associated with a traumatic event
  • caused by Iliopsoas tendon snapping over a bony prominence of the pelvis.
Sign and symptoms
  • painful sensation coming from deep within the front of groin as they actively move the hip forward and backward or turning it outward
  • The snapping movement can produce an auditory clunk or click.
Intra-articular (least common)
Usually due to a tear of the cartilage and/or loose body within the hip joint that may also cause the hip to “lock up”.
  • sudden onset of snapping or clicking from an injury or traumatic event to the hip capsule. 
  • sources of this snapping can come from intracapsular lesions, loose bodies settling in the acetabular fovea or synovial folds, a torn acetabular labrum, synovial chondromatosis, or a history of habitual hip dislocation in children or idiopathic recurrent subluxation.
Credit to Senior Therapist Suzane Siew

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