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Question: When I walk there is a snapping noise in my right leg. It doesn't hurt but it is constant. Terri

Answer: Dear Terri,

You may be referring to the Snapping Hip Syndrome characterized by a snapping feeling and usually an audible popping noise, when walking or extending the leg. In very few cases it produces pain and the main complain is its inconvenience. Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of snapping hip syndrome, such as RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

The three main causes for snapping hip syndrome are:

- Iliotibial Band Snap (the Iliotibial band snaps over the greater trochanter (the bony prominence over the outside of the hip joint).
- Iliopsoas Tendon Snap (The iliopsoas tendon can catch on a bony prominence of the pelvis and cause a snap when the hip is flexed).
- Hip Labral Tear (tear of the cartilage within the hip joint - least common cause).

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