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Snapping hip syndrome, anyone had this?

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WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 22-Feb-16 08:00:58

I had it a few years ago and now it's back.

Last time it Started with the audible pop/clunk when I mived my leg from being bent to being extended. I had no idea what it was last time and kept on exercising, etc. I was having a stint of doing 39 day Shred most days which I think is what caused it. Any way the pain got worse until I was in severe agony in my pelvis which spread to my back. Ive had back problems previously after breaking my back in an accident and was in so much pain I ended up being admitted to hospital for a week. They hd no idea what was wrong, had a week of morphine and rest and was discharged.

I saw a physio who diagnosed this and did some manipulation which pretty much cured it on the spot. Told me to do yoga, etc to keep me supple.

So over the last three years it hasn't come back. Ive done a lot of cycling, some yoga, go to the gym frequently where I use the cross trainer and weights.

Sine Jan ive given up my gym membership and have been doing step aerobics at home. Snapping hip has returned on the same side.

I'm so pissed off. Seems like I can't do any exercise which is even slightly high impact. I'm skint at the minute and can't afford the physio. I'm doing exercises ive found online and hoping this will be enough?

Should I see my GP and ask if I need surgery to stop it reoccurring as I can't exercise without it happening. Ive read sometimes keyhole surgery to the cartilage is needed.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 22-Feb-16 10:09:57


TheChocolateDidIt Tue 23-Feb-16 21:49:30

My hip makes literally a snapping noise and I often get hip and lower back pain. Never knew it had a name! I had a back massage and my masseuse found a large knot on the side of my hip and really went to town trying to sort it out. It hurt for ages afterwards. I have been thinking recently that I need to get a physio referral but I feel I am in and out of the docs too much with a stomach problem!

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 23-Feb-16 21:54:20

Well I can barely walk today. Hip has been aching more and more and now my lower back has just frozen. Can't get out of bed without screaming.

Have a physio appt a week on Friday.

TheChocolateDidIt Tue 23-Feb-16 22:06:14

Just looked it up. Most common from 15-40. Mine started when I was 15! And I now realise it could have been the cause of all my occupation related back pain. Big penny dropping! Mine snaps so loudly people look up. So sorry to hear about your back sad. I saw the U.S. Military say HIRICE for this: Hydrate, ibuprofen, rest, ice, compression, elevation.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 23-Feb-16 22:22:50

Well at least I hope ive been some use to you as it does look like there's exercises you can do, etc! smile

Does your hip snap on the outside or the back?

Mine makes such a clunking noise people can hear it. It is literally clunk every time I straighten my leg. I'm beginning to think mine might be the sacroiliac joint. Feels like something is semi locked/not free in my pelvis.

patterkiller Wed 24-Feb-16 06:49:57
I was recently been diagnosed with this and waiting for surgery. I needed an X-ray to diagnose but your symptoms sound similar. I'm reduced to doing not very much until I'm fixed so do commiserate with you.

TheChocolateDidIt Thu 25-Feb-16 09:37:02

It makes an audible snapping noise (like a clap) on the outside. Its definitely the hip. I have had SI joint issues in the past and the clunking you describe does sound like that.

Branleuse Thu 25-Feb-16 09:43:53

i think I get this. It doesnt hurt, but it feels weird

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Thu 25-Feb-16 10:10:11

Yes, mine is more of a clunk than a snap.

Will see what the physio says. At least I have it free through work which I didn't realise until the other day I was entitled to!

amarmai Thu 25-Feb-16 17:29:27

i have a couple of different support braces that i pull tight around the hips when it starts to go kerplunk. I got i in a maternity store and another in a gym equipment store.

MatildaTheCat Thu 25-Feb-16 19:05:12

I have both hip and back issues. The hip stuff is from birth and I have the clunking in my right hip. It's not painful but sort of uncomfortable. It's been seen by numerous docs including an orthopaedic hip consultant and it fine, a tendon snapping over the joint, I think.

When I developed severe low back pain on the left I was convinced my hip was causing it as they were so close and I'd been getting hip pain. In fact it was a left sided disc prolapse and with hindsight that was probably causing the hip pain as well.

Have you had an MRI if either your hip or lumber spine? When you were in hospital ( was this recently?) they must have tried to work out what was causing the pain? Anyway, just sharing in case it sounds similar at all. Sometimes it's easy to think one thing is causing a problem when actually it's something else altogether.

Hope you feel better soon.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Thu 25-Feb-16 20:16:33

It was three years ago I was in hospital and yes I had an MRI. Though bizarrely I don't remember it as I was off my head on morphine. I'm fairly sure they didn't see anything. On a previous outpatient MRI I was told I had degenerative disc disease.

outtheothersidefinally Fri 26-Feb-16 05:42:13

This will help:

TheChocolateDidIt Fri 26-Feb-16 14:24:28

I shall try that lying down exercise!

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Fri 26-Feb-16 18:23:07

Me too! Thanks.

PalcumTowder Sat 27-Feb-16 22:50:35

Oh my god, I think I have this too. I've been clunking ever since I gave birth to my first 2.5 years ago but since the second the pain has been much worse. I see a physio but she hasn't mentioned this and says it's all to do with my core which is what we've been working on. It hasn't improved the pain one bit though.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sat 27-Feb-16 23:05:37

If it's happened since childbirth that to me would suggest it's something to do with your pelvis being misaligned rather than a ligament being too tight?? I know muscles and ligaments relax in pregnancy so will tighten afterwards but my gut feeling would be pelvis.??

I wonder if I knocked my pelvis out of line when I broke my back? They were worried about my pelvis after the accident and took me back to xray the following day but It was my pelvis they kept xraying not my back.

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