Snapping Hip Syndrome Treatment

Snapping hip syndrome is characterised by a snapping sensation, and/or an audible “click”, in or around the hip when in use. 

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment for Snapping Hip Syndrome aims to:

What is Snapping Hip Syndrome?

Snapping Hip Syndrome is where you feel a snapping sensation and/or hear a popping sound in your hip when in use. This snapping sensation occurs when a muscle or tendon moves over a bony protrusion in your hip. Snapping hip syndrome is generally benign, but in some cases, snapping hip syndrome leads to bursitis.

What Are The Causes?

There are various causes for snapping hip syndrome, which are classified as external, internal, or intra-articular.

  • External
  • Iliotibial band snapping over the greater trochanter of the femur
  • Gradual onset of snapping or pain located laterally over the greater trochanter
  • Not associated with a traumatic event
  • Internal
  • Iliopsoas tendon snapping over a bony prominence of the pelvis
  • Gradual onset, not usually associated with a traumatic event
  • Painful sensation coming from deep within the anterior groin
  • Intra-articular
  • Caused by a problem with the hip joint rather than a tendon or muscle
  • Sudden onset of snapping or clicking from an injury or traumatic event to the hip

What Are The Symptoms?

  • Difficulty performing daily tasks
  • A snapping or popping sensation in the hip when in use
  • Hip swelling
  • Leg weakness when attempting to lift it forwards or sideways.
  • Hip tightness


  • Eccentric strengthening exercises
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point release
  • Soft tissue mobilisation
  • TECAR Therapy

What Can I Do At Home?

  • Reduce aggravating activities
  • Stretches for hip flexors, gluteals – however if this makes it worse please cease
  • If you suspect bursitis then ice may help

How to book an appointment?

Our experienced physios at Vitalis Physiotherapy, your ‘physiotherapist near me’, can assess and diagnose your condition. They may also refer you to get scans in some severe cases to better understand your needs. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

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