psoas Tendinopathy

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 common source of hip pain and dysfunction. This muscle is responsible for flexing your hip toward your trunk. The psoas muscle originates at the lower spine. Then, it passes through the pelvis before attaching to the top of the femur. The psoas must travel across the front of your hip socket and over several bony “bumps” along this course.

If the muscle becomes too tight, its tendon may rub over these bumps, producing an audible snapping sound. As a result, it received the nickname “snapping hip syndrome.” This condition is also known as dancer’s hip” or “jumper’s hip,” as the movements during these activities are known culprits.

Who Gets Psoas Tendinopathy?

The psoas tendon can be irritated by an acute injury. However, this injury is more commonly caused by overuse – mainly repeated flexion of your hip toward your trunk. Likewise, this condition frequently troubles athletes who participate in:

  • Rowing
  • Track and field
  • Hurdling
  • Uphill running
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Dancing

Your symptoms may create a “snapping” sound or sensation when you flex and extend your hip. However, many cases are silent. Repeated rubbing over the bony bumps causes inflammation. As a result, deep groin pain can radiate to the front of your hip or thigh. Longstanding problems can trigger weakness or even limping. 

Our Approach to Psoas Tendinopathy

Practitioners frequently overlook the diagnosis of snapping hip. Some studies show that identification is often delayed over two years, while other potential causes are pursued.

Fortunately, our St. George chiropractors recognize this injury when others overlook it. Our office has several treatments to help you recover. Psoas problems often start when one group of muscles is too tight while another is too loose. We will find these muscles and correct the problem. We also always provide you with home exercises to help you extend your benefits outside of our clinic.

Depending upon the severity of your condition, you may need to avoid certain activities for a while. However, we will provide you with a program to get you back to the things you love as soon as possible.

Your Visit With US

We start every visit with a comprehensive movement based assessment to identify any critical contributors to your pain. We then combine muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments to help relax your tight muscles and allow your body to move better and feel better. Then, most patients are brought to our rehab area, where we teach you how to extend your session’s benefits at home through stretches and exercises based on your needs and goals.

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