The treatment of snapping hip syndrome involves a combination of physical therapy, traditional medicine, and at times, surgery.
Physical Therapy: The use of 'Hydration, Ibuprofen, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation' (also known as HI-RICE) provides the patient with temporary relief in the acute stages. It is best to consult with a physician before taking any medication to rule out allergies and associated side effects. Expert supervision by the physical therapist is essential for gradual healing of the affected regions.
Traditional Medicine: A physician may recommend prescription medications for pain relief and reduction of inflammation. Corticosteroids injections are commonly prescribed. Talk to your physician about which medication is best for you.
Surgical Interventions: If a structural anomaly is causing the problem, surgery may be needed. In general, surgery is the last resort, when traditional medicine and physical therapy have failed. After surgery, physical therapy plays a critical role in the restoration of strength and flexibility.
If you believe you have snapping hip syndrome, and HI-RICE does not help, reach out to your physical therapist.