Bone Spurs in Hip

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What are bone spurs in the hip?

Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony growths that develop along the edges of the bones in your hip. While you can have bone spurs for years without any symptoms, pain and other symptoms develop when the bone spurs rub against other bones, causing damage.

Symptoms

A hip bone spur can be asymptomatic for years, but as the damage to the joint worsens, they may cause symptoms including:

  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain (bone spurs can affect other joints)
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip joint
  • Stiffness

Why do I have bone spurs in my hip?

Bone spurs form when the body attempts to repair the bone loss experienced when the cartilage cushioning the ends of the bones breaks down, exposing the bone and increasing friction. Bone spurs in hip joints are most often caused by osteoarthritis, which is a chronic degenerative disease that wears down joint cartilage and surrounding tissues.

Risks

Your risk of developing hip bone spur increases as you age due to the wear and tear on the joints. Other risk factors for hip spurs include:

  • A family history of osteoarthritis
  • Being overweight
  • Hip injuries
  • Hip dysplasia and other structural abnormalities

Diagnosis

Hip spur diagnosis usually begins with your doctor taking your medical history and performing a physical examination. He or she might ask about your symptoms, length of symptoms, any activities that worsen pain and family medical history. During the physical examination, the doctor will check your hip and surrounding area for signs of injury, feel your hip for bone spurs, which can sometimes be felt on palpitation, move your leg and hip to check your range of motion, and evaluate your walk.

Hip spurs also require confirmation using diagnostic imaging tests. Your doctor may order the following tests to help make an accurate diagnosis:

  • X-rays

    X-ray images are able to show signs of arthritis and bone spurs, as well as rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as fractures.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    This type of scan produces very detailed images of your body’s soft tissues and bones. Along with diagnosing bone spurs in hip and other joints, MRI can also show cartilage, muscle and tendon damage in great detail.

Treatment

Bone spurs don’t require treatment unless they are causing symptoms. If hip spurs are interfering with your ability to live an active lifestyle, there are several things that you can do to relieve hip bone spur pain and stiffness and treat osteoarthritis, which may be the underlying cause.

AROmotion is a cutting-edge solution for pain caused by joint injuries and degenerative disorders, including hip spurs. Our unique, minimally invasive treatment procedures are needle-based, meaning that there is no incision and no surgical recovery period. AROmotion preserves your natural hip joint, promotes natural healing, and restores your mobility faster than other treatments!

Other treatment options include:

  • Weight loss

    This minimizes the load placed on your hip and other joints, which can relieve pain and help to lessen future damage on the joints. If you are overweight, losing just a few pounds can result in significant improvement of pain.

  • Pain medication

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and other pain relievers can reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Physical therapy

    Specific exercises can help improve flexibility and strength, as well as improve your range of motion.

  • Cortisone steroid injections

    A combination of cortisone and a numbing agent is injected directly into the hip for quick relief of pain and inflammation.

  • Hyaluronic acid injections

    These injections use a fluid similar to the thick fluid found in our joints that provide lubrication so the joint can move better.

  • Radiofrequency ablation

    Also known as denervation, this is a method of temporarily turning off or blocking the nerves from sending pain signals while other therapies have time to take effect.

  • PRP injections

    PRP, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, injects proteins called growth factors, which help support healing in injured areas.

  • Stem cell injections

    Physician directed stem cell therapy uses very powerful young cells to stimulate the patient’s own native repair mechanisms to regenerate new cartilage.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is always recommended as a last resort after other conservative treatments have failed to provide relief. Hip arthroscopy may be recommended if symptoms interfere with your mobility or if other treatments fail to provide relief of hip spur symptoms. This minimally-invasive procedure is performed through a dime-sized incision using a thin, flexible instrument with a camera. The surgery can be used to remove bone spurs, repair damaged cartilage and tendons, and remove loose fragments of cartilage and bone in the joints. Traditional open hip replacement surgery (total or partial) may be another surgical option, depending on the severity of your condition.

If pain and stiffness from hip bone spurs is preventing you from moving freely, contact the skilled team at Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics to find out how we can help you get back to a pain-free life!