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My hip clicks, is that normal?

The hip joint has an extensive range of motion to allow us to bend, run and twist! Sometimes it will go ‘click’… But Why?


Clicks can be a normal part of the motion of the joint, but they can also be a sign of something more! Your physiotherapist should always check out a painful click if it persists.

Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome

Inside the joint

This may be due to osteoarthritis or a loose fragment. A loose fragment can affect how the joint moves and can cause clicking.


Around the joint

Due to an acetabular labral tear of the hip. The labrum helps to provide stability to the hip as it is a tough and flexible ring that covers the hip socket. Injuries can cause a clicking or snapping sensation and pain in the groin.

Injury to the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage covers the bony surfaces and is designed to reduce friction forces between bones. This can result from a traumatic injury or even degrade over time due to osteoarthritis.


Outside of the joint

The most common click is those outside the joint, and several clicks may result from muscles sliding over the bony prominences of the femur.

These include:


The Hip Flexors slide over the bony prominence on the femur (the thigh bone), known as Coxa Saltans or Snapping hip.

Irritation of the Bursae that lies between the Iliopsoas muscle group (hip flexors) and the lesser trochanter of the femur. They are known as Iliopsoas Bursitis.

The Iliotibial band or gluteus maximus muscles can slide across the greater trochanter of the femur.

trochanteric bursitis

Can Complete Care help?


Complete Care Physio and Osteo Wallan, Fawkner and Point Cook have clinicians with a special interest intreating many locals with Clicking hips


If you are having trouble and would like assistance by one of our Physios or Osteos in our Wallan, Point Cook and Fawkner locations, please feel free to call us on 5769-1731 or book online via our website

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