What Are the Typical Causes of Hip and Leg Muscle Pain?

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Pain in the legs and hips may be caused by an injury such as bursitis, muscle sprains and strains. Other causes include a herniated disk and tendinitis, according to Mayo Clinic.

Muscle strains and sprains are two different issues, states WebMD. A sprain is when a ligament stretches or tears and affects the tissues that connect the bones to the joint. A strain is a stretch or tear that directly affects the muscles or tendons. Sprains commonly happen when an individual falls or twists in a way that knocks the body out of its normal position. Strains occur when an individual pulls a muscle or tendon, which commonly occurs during sports or heavy lifting.

Pain from strains and sprains may be mild, moderate or severe. In the case of a severe strain, it is often impossible to put weight on the afflicted limb, adds WebMD.

Bursitis is a condition in which the bursa becomes inflamed. Overuse of the joint is a common cause of bursitis. People who are overweight, elderly or diabetic have a higher risk of developing bursitis, according to Drugs.com. Symptoms of this condition include pain the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. Other symptoms include redness, swelling and warmth, which may be indicators of an infection.