Why Does My Hip Go “Click”?Jo Clacher
Article by Zoe Russell
Why Does My Hip Go “Click”?
The hip joint has a large range of motion to allow us to bend, run and twist! Sometimes it will go ‘click’…. But Why?
Clicks can be a normal part of the motion of the joint, but it can also be a sign of something more! A painful click must always be checked out by your Physiotherapist!
Clicks can come from:
Intra articular (or inside the joint):
- This may be due to osteoarthritis or loose body. A loose body may interfere with the joints normal mechanics and cause clicking or a catching sensation.
Peri articular (or around the joint)
- Due to an acetabular labral tear of the hip. The labrum helps to provide stability of the hip as it is a tough and flexible ring that covers the hip socket. Injuries can cause a clicking or snapping sensation and pain into the groin.
- Injury to the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage covers the bony surfaces, and is designed to reduce friction forces between bones. This can result from a traumatic injury, or even degrade over time due to osteoarthritis.
Extra articular (outside of the joint)
- The most common click is those outside the joint, and there are a number of clicks that may result from muscles sliding over the bony prominences of the femur.
- The Hip Flexors sliding over the bony prominence on the femur (the thigh bone), this is known as Coxa Saltans or Snapping Hip.
- Irritation of the Bursae that lies between the Illiopsoas muscle group (hip flexors) and the lesser trochanter of the femur. Known as Illiopsoas Bursitis.
- The Iliotibial band or gluteus maximus muscles can slide across the greater trochanter of the femur.
Have you got a clicking hip? Call PhysioWorks today!
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