My hip is that’s what’s cracking!! It’s decided to now crack at every lift and movement I do, rather loudly at times and certainly painfully too.
And I hear there’s a 6 week wait for the letter to come my way for an Mri date, so that takes me easily to Jan 21 before anymore progress in treatment.
So there’s nothing more I can do, except keep the hips moving as best as I can, nurse it when it’s cold and at its worse, and take more and more painkillers.
The reason I think it’s cracking is one of these three problems. Not the usual Snapping hip syndrome, more internal than that, and more painful than hip flexor issue.
- An acetabular labral tear is an injury to the tough, flexible cartilage that rings the hip socket, like a gasket. A tear can cause a snapping sensation as well as pain in the groin area. One study found acetabular tears accounted for 80% of intra-articular snapping hip cases.
- An injury to the articular cartilage, which covers bones’ surfaces where they articulate, or meet up with one another. This cartilage reduces friction between the bones at the joint, and it can be damaged suddenly from a traumatic injury or over time from arthritis.
- Loose bodies of material in the hip that interrupt the joint’s normal biomechanics and cause a catching or snapping sensation. For example, following a trauma, a fragment of soft tissue or bone can break away and get trapped between the hip’s ball and socket.
Snapping hip due to a cartilage injury may develop suddenly, and may be caused by a fall or other trauma. It is often accompanied by a catching sensation and/or a limited range of motion in the hip.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Snapping Hip Syndrome
Below are nonsurgical treatment typically recommended to alleviate pain caused by snapping hip syndrome: Well I’ve got to try while waiting for treatment.
People with snapping hip syndrome are advised to avoid the motions that cause the snapping, popping or clicking sensation. Resting limits joint irritation and allows the affected tendon, muscle or bursa to heal. If walking initiates inner snapping hip, the patient may be advised to walk with the affected leg rotated out a bit, as this may minimize hip snapping.
NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or COX-2 inhibitors for a limited period of time may ease inflammation and hip pain. I already take Etoricoxib for my hands, and it’s not helping with hip pain yet.
A licensed physical therapist can help loosen tension and encourage healing in the muscles and tendons that cause external and inner snapping hip. A physical therapist may employ:
- Stretching. People with external hip snapping may benefit from stretching the IT band. People with inner hip snapping may benefit from stretching the hip flexors.
- Massage. Just as stretching can help loosen tendons and muscles, a deep tissue massage or trigger-point massage can help reduce muscle tension, and reduce snapping hip symptoms.
But I have tried all these, but no luck yet sadly. I would ask for a steroid injection but they never work for my hips.
So I’m at a loss… Let’s hope Christmas can distract me.