Snapping hip syndrome (also called dancer’s hip or iliopsoas tendinitis) is a painless, popping or clicking sound around the hip joint when moving. It often occurs in runners, soccer players and dancers and is most common in people aged 15 – 40 years. The condition is only an annoyance for most people but it can cause pain and weakness in some.
The 3 types of snapping hip syndrome are:
- Iliotibial band snap – the iliotibial band is a thick tendon over the outside of the hip joint
- Internal – the iliopsoas tendon is the primary hip flexor muscle and the tendon of this muscle passes just in front of the hip joint
- Intra-articular – tear of the cartilage within the hip joint