Hip Bone Spurs

Bone spurs is a condition which causes an outgrowth of the bone. It can affect different parts of the body such as hip, hand, knee, shoulder, spine, and fingers. It basically obstructs the movements of the joint causing pain and stiffness. Generally, bone spurs caused by wear and tear in the joint. If bone spurs is left untreated, it can lead to complications such as severe pain and swelling.

Hip bone spurs, as the name suggest, is an outgrowth of the bone in the hip. It causes immense pain in the hip as well as the joints associated with the hip. Bone spurs is very common around the hip joints. The major part of the body weight is supported by the hip joint; therefore, bone spurs in the hip limits the movement to a great extent. Bone spurs in hip is also associated with the condition called as osteoarthritis, or other types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by trauma or injury to the joint. Rubbing or friction against bones also causes inflammation and irritation. In addition, any activities that add pressure to the affected area may cause bone spurs.

Symptoms of hip bone spurs

The symptoms of bone spurs in hip are very difficult to determine, but it can be associated with pain and inflammation on the hip. Some common symptoms include pain sensation in the affected area or putting pressure on the affected areas. The pain starts earlier in the day, and continues to increase with time. It also affects the normal day activities.

Diagnoses of hip bone spurs

As we know, that there are very less or no symptoms of hip spurs that can be observed in the early stage. Basically, hip bone spurs can be diagnosed using X-rays. Usually, when the patient goes to the doctor about their pain in the hip, the doctor suggests for an X-ray. If the diagnosis is not very clear, then the doctor goes for Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and Computerized tomography (CT) scan. The exact cause of bone spurs in hip is yet unknown, and therefore researches are going on for finding the right cause of the disease. It is better to get it diagnosed, if anyone is suffering from pain and inflammation in the hip region.

Treatment of hip bone spurs

The treatment of bone spurs in hip depends upon the symptoms and causes of it. The treatment involves non-surgical and surgical methods.  

Non-surgical treatment for hip bone spurs

Basically the non-surgical treatment is preferred for the early stages of osteoarthritis of the hip. It includes:

  • Take proper and sufficient rest, as it will reduce your stress
  • It is recommended reducing your weight, if you are overweight.
  • Follow physical therapies, such as exercises, swimming, water aerobics or cycling to keep the proper functioning of the joints
  • Medications include anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce the pain and inflammation to a great extent.
  • Have a good and proper sleep at night
  • Cortisones can also be used to limit the spreading of pain as well as inflammation

Surgical treatment of bone spurs in hip

Surgery is basically used in the later stage of the disease. If the severity increases, you should immediately consult a doctor, as it can provide relief from pain as well as inflammation. There are rehabilitation programs that are used to restore the flexibility in the hip. Surgery involves a small incision in the hip to remove the spurs. Surgery can also be done if you have any severe deformity as well as you have a serious accident.  After the surgery you should follow some specific precautions as prescribed by the doctor.

Hip replacement surgery can also be formed, which involves replacing a dysfunctional hip joint. After the surgery, the patient has to use walker for walking. You can return to your daily activities after a period of three to four months. Ever after the surgical treatment, the patient may face some difficulties such as haematoma or bruising. So it is better to follow the preventive measures as prescribed by the doctors.

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