A snapping sound anywhere in your body can be quite disconcerting, can’t it? “What could possibly be causing that sound?” you wonder. “Will it ever go away?” Snapping in the hip is a common issue that, fortunately, can be helped. Here we’ll cover the basics of who is affected by a snapping hip, what causes the snapping sounds, and what you can do to help…
Have you seen the movie Bloodsport? If you haven’t, let me put it this way: it’s the best cheesy ’80s kickboxing movie of all time – one that I’d highly recommend (if you’re into that sort of thing). There’s a famous scene in the movie where Jean Claude Van Damme is doing the splits while meditating. But doing the splits the normal way isn’t enough for Van Damme – he does them with each foot resting on chairs, with nothing supporting his body in between. Whenever I think of a groin strain I picture this scene.
Although you or I won’t ever be able to match Van Damme’s groin strength (unless you happened to be an elite gymnast), we can strive to improve ours – and we should because, as it turns out, strengthening not only helps you recover from groin strains, but it can also help prevent them.
Surprisingly, there’s not much knowledge in the general public about hip labrum tears – what causes them and how they can best be managed. I’d venture to say most people don’t even know what a labrum is. Maybe this lack of awareness exists because labral tears aren’t that common – this is what I used to think. Then I looked into it and what I found shocked me. I learned that they are, in fact, incredibly common in people with hip or groin pain.
Because they’re so common, it’s important to understand the difference between what’s normal, and what needs treatment. We will also look at how to best treat hip labrum tears and also how to potentially prevent them…
You’ve probably read all the books about what to expect when during and after pregnancy. You knew in advance the changes your body would go through – the morning sickness, and the labor process. It’s likely you were even made aware of the potential for lower back pain during this 9-month journey. But no one warned you about the pelvic girdle pain you’re having.
What can you do for pelvic girdle pain? Is it safe to treat during pregnancy or soon afterward? When will it go away?
Let’s address these questions, starting with some good news: there are things you can do to help.