Snapping hip

Snapping hip

What does a snapping hip mean?

Snapping hip is characterized by a snapping sensation as hip tendons move over bony prominences. The most common site is the ITB snapping over the greater trochanter, usually with walking or rotation of the hip ( ITB syndrome ). Patients may subsequently develop a trochanteric bursitis. Patients usually have a positive Ober test suggesting ITB tightness or contracture. A positive “J” sign is also confirmatory. This test is performed with the patient supine and flexes the uninvolved leg to the chest. If the painful hip abducts, a restricted ITB can be diagnosed.

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