The diagnosis is often obtained clinically through a history and physical examination.
Imaging tests may also be ordered to confirm the clinical diagnosis. Although x-rays of people with snapping hip do not typically show anything abnormal, x-rays or other tests may be ordered to exclude any other problems with the bones or joints.
Ultrasound examination examines the soft tissues, and when performed dynamically during hip motion, may visualise the tendon snapping and any accompanying inflammation of fluid-filled pockets (bursitis).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can sometimes identify intra-articular causes of snapping hip syndrome.