What are the most common symptoms of a hip bone spur?

The most common symptoms of a hip bone spur are swelling, pain, and numbness in the hip joint area. The pain is usually a dull type of ache that will start in the morning and get worse during the day. The pain usually causes more pain after long periods of walking or sitting or after any activity that puts pressure on the area. The hip may feel loose, stiff, or tight, and you will have decreased range of motion because the bone spur in the hip may limit how far the hip can move. Eventually, as the hip bone spur worsens, the pain will be present throughout the day and throughout the night.

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

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

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

Many people don't even realize they have a bone spur in their hip. This is because bone spurs can exist for years without symptoms. During times when there are no symptoms, bone spurs are usually not revealed until an X-ray for a different cause reveals them.

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