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What Are the Most Common Symptoms of a Hip Bone Spur?

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  • Written By: Chelsea O'Neill
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The most common symptoms of a hip bone spur are swelling, pain and numbness in the area of the hip joint. The pain usually is a dull aching kind of pain that will start in the morning and worsen throughout the day. The pain typically causes more pain after long periods of walking or sitting or after any activity that puts pressure on the area. The hip might feel limp, stiff or tight, and it will have a decreased range of motion because the hip bone spur can limit how far the hip can move. Eventually, as the hip bone spur becomes worse, the pain will be present for the entire day and throughout the night.

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony projections that form in the body's joints. Although they are not painful by themselves, bone spurs create friction in the bones and nerves that surround them. This leads to pain in the areas affected by them. The three basic types of bone spurs are those near areas affected by arthritis, those near certain tendons or ligaments and those that occur where trauma has affected a bone or joint.

The body tries to heal areas that have been affected by arthritis, and the healing can result in new bone growth on the sides of the existing bone. This type of bone spur typically occurs in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee or ankle. This is the most common way for a hip bone spur to occur.

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Bone spurs also can occur around the Achilles tendon, the coracoacromial ligament in the shoulder or the bottom of the foot. The ligaments or tendons can calcify where they attach to the bones next to them. After trauma occurs and the body is trying to heal the affected bone or joint, new bone growth sometimes develops. This bone growth can cause a bone spur to occur.

Many people never even realize they have a hip bone spur. This is because bone spurs can exist for years without symptoms. During times where no symptoms occur, bone spurs typically are not revealed until an X-ray for a different cause reveals them.

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