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doi: 10.3810/psm.2004.01.82
The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Volume 32: No.1
Symptomatic Snapping Hip
Targeted Treatment for Maximum Pain Relief
Jeremy Idjadi, MD; Robert Meislin, MD
Abstract: A painful condition known as snapping hip may prevent athletes from attaining peak performance, and it presents diagnostic and treatment challenges to the sports medicine physician as well. Three types of snapping hip (external, internal, and intra-articular) are known, and each has a distinct pathomechanic cause, specific symptoms, and classic clinical presentation. History and physical exam are coupled with a variety of imaging modalities to help distinguish the three types. Nonoperative approaches are the mainstay of treatment, but, if unsuccessful, operative treatments also achieve good results. Patients may resume their activities when pain subsides.

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