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My hips are popping like i was popping my fingers. why is this?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Internal vs external: Two broad types of hip snapping are more common. Internal snapping of the large psoas tendon that is juxtaposed to the anterior capsule can cause symptomatic internal deep snapping that is often audible to the patient and physician. External snapping hip is generally due to the iliotibial band snapping across the prominence of the femoral greater trochanteric bone. Examination confirms diagnosis.
Dr. Bradford Landry
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 12 years experience
There is not a great understanding of exactly what is happening in the body when someone "pops" their joints , such as in your fingers. Besides the above noted possibility, one other theory involves the movement of nitrogen gas into and out of the joint fluid. This would not need any particular attention, although other conditions may warrant further examination if painful or functionally limiting
Aug 6, 2014

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