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

A hip X-ray may be performed to diagnose a hip bone spur.
A hip bone spur can produce pain and numbness around the hip joint.
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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 bone spur can limit how far the hip can move. Eventually, as the 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.

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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.

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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turquoise
Post 3

@burcinc-- Yes, the pain from a hip bone spur can be felt at the knee. At least, that's what I've read. For majority of people though, the pain is at the hip. Some people also feel pain around the groin or the thigh. So pain can be felt in different locations. The only way to be sure that the cause is a bone spur at the hip is to get an x-ray of the hip. Otherwise the pain might be confused with other types of pain or other problems.

Also, the intensity of the pain caused by the bone spur usually depends on what position the person is in. Like the article said, when there is pressure placed on that part of the hip bone, the pain will be more intense. So you might want to watch out for this detail.

burcinc
Post 2

Can a hip bone spur cause pain at the knee instead of at the hip? I have no hip pain, my pain is just at the knee. But it's just as the article described. The pain starts relatively mildly in the morning and then worsens during the day.

I've had x-rays taken of my knee and the doctor did not see anything wrong with my knee. I want to see a different doctor and get checked out for arthritis. I just need to get to the bottom of this pain.

SteamLouis
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The very first symptom I developed as a result of a hip bone spur was actually not pain, but limited movement. I could not move my hip joint as freely as before and there was a lot of stiffness. The pain was what followed immediately after.

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