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What is the relationship between hip bursitis and leg pain?

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The pain from hip bursitis can spread, particularly into the upper outer thigh, and certain conditions that cause leg pain can also cause hip bursitis, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. These sources of leg pain that can lead to hip bursitis include bone spurs and rheumatoid arthritis. The bone spurs irritate the bursae when they grow on the tendons that attach in the hip region.

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What is the relationship between hip bursitis and leg pain?
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Hip bursitis is the inflammation of one of the fluid-filled sacs that surround the hip joint, known as the bursa, explains American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The two bursae that most commonly suffer bursitis are the one surrounding the point of the hip, on the outside of the hip, and the other that surrounds the groin side of the joint. Hip bursitis on the outer hip is the more common of the two. Bursitis surrounding the point of the hip usually starts as a sharp pain and develops into a radiating ache, while bursitis in the other bursa causes pain in the groin region.

Surgery is rarely needed for hip bursitis, and prior surgeries in the area increase the risk of developing hip bursitis, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Noninvasive treatments such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and use of assisting devices are often sufficient.

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