Snapping hip syndrome, also known as dancer's hip, is a condition in which you hear a snapping sound or feel a snapping sensation in your hip when you walk, run, get up from a chair, or swing your leg around.
For most people, the condition is little more than an annoyance and the only symptom is the snapping sound or sensation itself. But for dancers or athletes, snapping hip syndrome symptoms may also include pain and weakness that interfere with performance.
Unless snapping hip syndrome is painful or causes difficulty in sports or other activities, many people do not see a doctor or have it treated. If treatments is needed, it may include:
- Reducing or modifying activity
- Applying ice
- Using over-the-counter pain relievers
- Physical therapy with emphasis on stretching, strengthening and body alignment
- Surgery, in severe cases