Snapping Hip Syndrome (SHS), known also as Clicking Hip or Coxa Saltans is a disorder of the hip that results in noise on movement and sometimes pain.

What is Snapping Hip Syndrome?

This term refers to clicking, snapping or clunking sensations arising around the hip joint. There are many possible causes. One of the commonest is cavitation – the formation of a vacuum in the hip joint, with a resultant popping sensation – this is the same phenomenon that causes cracking of the knuckles. Other potential causes are a torn hip labrum and tendons or scar tissue passing over a bony prominence.

What are the symptoms of Snapping Hip Syndrome (SHS)?

The commonest symptoms are a click, clunk or snap arising from the hip. If a tight band of scar tissue rubs over the bony prominence on the outside of the hip, some people can worry that their hip is popping out of the joint (dislocating). Of course, to dislocate your own natural hip is very unusual and usually requires a large amount of energy such as a car crash. There may or may not be pain associated with the clicking/clunking/snapping sensation.

How is Snapping Hip Syndrome (SHS) diagnosed?

As there are many potential causes, a detailed discussion and examination with a specialist is required. X-rays, an MRI scan or an ultrasound scan may be advised to confirm the diagnosis.

How is Snapping Hip Syndrome (SHS) treated?

If there is no pain, then no treatment may be necessary. If the symptoms are painful or distracting then depending on the cause, a course of physiotherapy, injections or keyhole surgery may be offered.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their hand or wrist and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of this condition with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of hip -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


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our hip SURGEONS

Hip care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by Mr Simon Newman, Mr Chethan Jayaden, Mr Emeka Oragui and Mr Mark Webb. They are further supported by the orthopaedic team including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff. We perform over 300 hip replacements each year but offer a broad range of hip treatments to patients both young and old.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of hip problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

BSc(Hons) BM PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Simon is a Consultant Hip Surgeon practising at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London; The Lister Hospital, Chelsea and King Edward VIIs Hospital, Marylebone. He has a particular interest in the hip joint and has developed a large practice treating hip problems in adults of all ages. His philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients which involves engaging patients in the decision-making process about their treatment and utilising non-operative techniques, where possible. Should surgery be required, Simon performs any procedure with care, planning and precision.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MBA, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
meka is a Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His practice includes all aspects of hip surgery including hip replacements, hip redo or revision surgery, hip arthroscopy and sports injuries around the hip including sports man’s hernia (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor longus tears and tendinitis. He uses the muscle sparing direct anterior approach for hip replacements which allows some patients a faster recovery.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mark is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for sports related injuries. He strives to not only provide excellent surgical treatments but also rounded, bespoke care that allows his patients to get back to the activities they love. This is evident in his specialist training which includes a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from University College London to help him when treating all levels of athletes. Alongside surgical treatments, Mr. Webb offers non-operative (conservative) options including using orthobiologics, such as PRP and stem cells, to treat the symptoms of early arthritis, as well as tendon injuries. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations using the best evidence available

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