What is on my mind this week? A lot. Especially:
Internal Snapping Hip Syndrome
(aka Dancer’s Hip)
So what is this?
The big worded answer is that it is a condition where you feel ’snapping’ or a grinding sensation in the hip while doing certain activities such as swinging the leg around. You can actually hear it from the outside as it pops and snaps around in there. It can be painful and cause discomfort and soreness. The pain should decrease with rest. However, the sound is gross, fyi.
Internal snapping hip is caused by the Lliopsoas Muscle as it snaps around the front part of the pelvis (Iliopectineal eminence). This type of snapping is more likely to produce pain. Nice eh?
What is Cause snapping hip syndrome
There are several things that can cause this Internal snapping.
· The most common is the iliopsoas tendon sliding over the iliopectineal eminence, while the hip suddenly moves into extension from a flexed and externally rotated position.
· The tendon may also snap with sudden movements over the anterior inferior iliac spine or the bony ridge on the lesser trochanter.
· Less common causes include movement of the iliofemoral ligaments over the femoral head or anterior capsule of the hip.
· Or in people terms, if a dancer turns out her leg and lifts it up past 90 decrees, it grinds and snaps and makes me queasy. Or while doing Fuentes, and many other types of words that I can’t spell for movements that I can’t do.
Who is most likely at risk of
developing snapping hip syndrome
· Ballet dancers DING DING DING…yep.
· Horse riders
· Track and field athletes
· Soccer players
· Excessive weightlifting or running
Snapping hip is mostly seen in the age group of 15 to 40 years. That’s a big range of ages eh?
Now that you have the lesson on what it is and who is at risk, why is this on my mind? Because my Seren has it and it is causing her issues lately.
Why did she get it? The short answer is that she grew too fast for her muscle to keep up. It’s not due to injury or doing something. She’s growing. I can’t stop that. We just have to learn to correct it.
What can we do? Since there is no way the girl is going to sit on her butt and rest it, she gets to spend hours and money and time doing physical therapy to get that muscle/tendon stretched out enough that it flows correctly in there.
Does anyone else know more about this issue? Share, advise, tell me! I have been on google for days now weeding through the big words and dumbing them down for myself. I’ve seen more photos of pelvis and hips and tendons that I think I may be becoming an expert.