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Top 9 Cracking Sensation in the Hip Causes

  1. 1.Snapping Hip Syndrome

    Snapping hip syndrome is an audible snap in a hip during movement, which may be accompanied by pain, locking, or a sharp stabbing sensation. This often happens in athletes, especially soccer players, weight-lifters, runners, and ballet dancers.

    You can treat this at home by avoiding aggravating exercises, stretching, and NSAIDs. If things keep bothering you, a doctor can offer an anesthetic or corticosteroid injection to calm things down.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, snapping or clicking sensation of the hip, hip pain from overuse, popping hip, clicking sensation in the hip
    Symptoms that always occur with snapping hip syndrome:
    snapping or clicking sensation of the hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a disorder caused by gradual loss of kidney function. It is most common in elderly individuals.

    You should make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, decreased sex drive, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Normal Episode of Itchy Skin

    Itchiness is an unpleasant feeling that makes you want to scratch. It is found as a part of many diagnoses, but it can also appear on its own without a particular cause, which is the case in this diagnosis.

    You can treat this at home with an anti-histamine. Anti-histamines (like Claritin, Allegra, etc) can be found over-the-counter. They work by stopping the actions of histamine, which causes inflammation and itchiness. If any symptoms change, you must

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over
    Symptoms that always occur with normal episode of itchy skin:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Hyperparathyroidism

    Hyperparathyroidism is a disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck are overactive and produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). This hormone causes calcium to be released from bones and into the blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a specialist. Hyperparathyroidism is usually treated with surgery that involves removing the glands to make sure your blood calcium levels remain normal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, abdominal pain (stomach ache), irritability, nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Hip Dislocation

    A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. A doctor will confirm the diagnosis with X-Ray or CT imaging, and if confirmed, you will be admitted to the hospital to have complete bed rest. Surgery is usually advised to stabilize the slipped bone and prevent it from moving further.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, moderate hip pain, limping, dull, achy hip pain, thigh pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hip dislocation:
    hip pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Knee Bursitis (Pes Anserine Bursitis)

    Pes anserine bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the knee.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, spontaneous knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, knee pain that gets worse when standing up
    Symptoms that always occur with knee bursitis (pes anserine bursitis):
    pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Femoral Stress Fracture

    A femoral stress fracture is a small crack in the thigh bone (femur). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Stress fractures of the thigh bone are much less common than those of the shin bone (tibia), but nonetheless do occur in high-risk groups such as athletes and military recruits.

    You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  9. 9.Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between the vertebrae, which are the disks that make up the spine, and in the joints between the spine and pelvis.

    You should visit your primary care physician, where, based on clinical exam, blood tests, and x-ray, your doctor will likely recommend physical therapy and medications (Ibuprofen or an immune-system modifier).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, trouble sleeping, back pain, joint pain, pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with ankylosing spondylitis:
    back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Cracking Sensation in the Hip

  • Q.Do your symptoms improve after you sit and/or lie down and rest?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.How would you explain why your hip hurts?

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Cracking Sensation in the Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced cracking sensation in the hip have also experienced:

    • 18% Joint Stiffness
    • 18% Hip Pain
    • 9% Big Toe Pain
  • People who have experienced cracking sensation in the hip were most often matched with:

    • 50% Snapping Hip Syndrome
    • 10% Chronic Kidney Disease
    • 10% Normal Episode of Itchy Skin

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