If you have chronic popping in the hip joint, you should have it examined by a orthopedist. The presence of pain is also a major indicator to have it examined. If the issue is not addressed, it is possible for athritis to develop as you get older. If the popping is being caused by a tendon snapping across a bone, you could develop issues in which the tendon and muscles weaken and cause chronic pain and inflammation.
Timothy Lane, MD
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Will my hip popping affect my joint and muscles when I'm older?
Aaron Nelson , NASM Elite Trainer, Sports Medicine, answered
What sports have the greatest likelihood of injury?
Basketball typically has the most emergency room visits. Ice hockey commonly has the most head injuries. Football has double the injuries seen in soccer and other contact sports. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
What injuries are unique to young, adolescent athletes?
Daniel J. Gurley, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Overland Park Regional Medical CenterYoung athletes are prone to overuse injuries involving the growing skeleton. When bone growth outpaces muscle and tendon growth, progressive inflexibility occurs. Hamstring muscles become tight, leading to muscle strains and other injuries.
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