Snapping Hip


What is the snapping hip syndrome?

The snapping hip syndrome is a condition characterized by a snapping sensation or a popping sound in the hip with certain movements. As it is particularly common in dancers, it has become known as “dancer’s hip”.
The condition is generally regarded as harmless as long as it doesn’t cause pain. It is, however, almost always related to dysfunction of the pelvis (twists and blocks) and to relevant muscle dysfunction. It should therefore be taken seriously, as these conditions can lead to a whole range of other problems over time.

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Hip Impingement

hip-impingement-introWhat is hip impingement syndrome?

Hip impingement syndrome – also called femoroacetabuar impingement (FAI) – is a pain syndrome of the hip, frequently diagnosed in dancers. FAI is primarily a functional problem, although it can lead to structural lesions inside the hip – such as labrum or cartilage lesions – over time. FAI arises from impaired joint kinetics, based upon pelvic dysfunction and impaired muscle function (muscle dysfunction) of the hip, thigh and trunk musculature.

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Femoral Neck Stress Fracture


What is a stress fracture of the femoral neck?

Stress fractures of the femoral neck are overuse injuries that result in a crack in the upper part of the thighbone (femur). They are acute emergencies and demand instant medical care. Stress fractures of the femoral neck are not as common as other overuse issues, but they can occur in dancers under certain conditions.

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Hip Osteoarthritis


What is hip osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis of the hip is a degenerative joint disease that many dancers encounter in their late 40s, or older. It is a progressive disorder of the hip joint caused by gradual loss of the joint cartilage and deteriorating deformation. The main symptoms to look out for are pain, stiffness and progressive disability due to restricted joint movement.

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