The first subtype of snapping hip is the internal snapping hip, which is caused by sudden subluxation of the iliopsoas tendon over a structural prominence as it moves from lateral to medial. Offending structures can include the femoral head, the iliopectineal ridge, exostoses of the lesser trochanter, and the iliopsoas bursa.
The second subtype is the external snapping hip, caused by the sudden subluxation of the iliotibial (IT) band over the greater trochanter as the hip moves from extension into flexion.
The third subtype of snapping hip is due to intraarticular pathology. This can be caused by labral tears that become entrapped between the femoral head and acetabulum, during range of motion, or by intraarticular loose bodies.
R29.4 – Clicking hip
11568002 – Snapping hip
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