The Psoas muscle is a common source of hip pain and dysfunction. If the muscle is too tight, it tends to produce an audible snapping sound, hence the common name, "snapping hip," aka "psoas tendinopathy."
About Psoas Tendinopathy
The Psoas muscle is a frequent source of hip pain and dysfunction, as it plays a significant role in hip flexion towards the trunk. Originating from the lower spine, it traverses through the pelvis before attaching to the top of the femur. During this course, it passes across the front of the hip socket, navigating over several bony prominences.
When the Psoas muscle becomes excessively tight, its tendon can rub against these bony prominences, resulting in an audible snapping sound. This phenomenon has earned it the moniker “snapping hip syndrome.” Commonly associated with activities such as dancing or jumping, where repetitive hip flexion occurs, it is also referred to as “dancer’s hip” or “jumper’s hip.”
While acute injury can irritate the Psoas tendon, overuse is a more frequent cause. Athletes engaged in activities such as rowing, track and field, hurdling, uphill running, soccer, gymnastics, and dancing are particularly susceptible to this condition. Symptoms may include a snapping sensation or sound during hip flexion and extension, although some cases may not produce any noticeable noise. The repeated friction over the bony prominences leads to inflammation, resulting in deep groin pain that can radiate to the front of the hip or thigh. In chronic cases, weakness or even a noticeable limp may manifest.
Diagnosing snapping hip syndrome is often delayed, as it is frequently overlooked by practitioners who pursue other potential causes. However, at our St. George chiropractic office, we recognize and address this injury that others may miss. Our treatment approach focuses on identifying and correcting imbalances between tight and weak muscle groups. Additionally, we provide customized home exercises to maximize the benefits of your treatment outside of our clinic.
Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to temporarily avoid certain activities. Rest assured, we will guide you through a comprehensive program designed to facilitate your return to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible.
Your Visit With us
At Crux Sport & Spine, your journey to pain relief and improved well-being begins with our comprehensive approach. We prioritize your health by conducting a thorough movement-based assessment during each visit, enabling us to identify any crucial factors contributing to your pain. Combining targeted muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments, we work to release tension in your muscles, facilitating improved movement and an overall sense of well-being.
But our care doesn’t end there. After your adjustment, we take you to our dedicated rehab area, where we empower you with the tools to extend the benefits of your session beyond our clinic. Through personalized stretches and exercises tailored to your specific needs and goals, we equip you with the knowledge and techniques to continue your progress at home.
Experience the exceptional chiropractic care and expertise at Crux Sport & Spine. Take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier life by visiting us today!