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5 Things You Need to Know About Hip Bursitis

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hip Bursitis
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Bursitis, arthritis, what's the difference? Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a sac that contains fluid to lubricate the joints. The bursa reduces the friction of bones on muscles, and helps the bone glide smoothly. Arthritis is an inflammation of the connective tissue covering the joints and bones from injury or wear and tear on the joints. Bursitis is the most common cause of hip pain, followed by arthritis. The main symptom of bursitis is pain at the point of the hip, or "hip pointers." The pain usually extends to the outer thigh and is worse at night if you lie on the bad hip. Initially the pain is sharp and severe, but may then become dull and achy.

Bursitis, arthritis, what's the difference? Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a sac that contains fluid to lubricate the joints. The bursa reduces the friction of bones on muscles, and helps the bone glide smoothly. Arthritis is an inflammation of the connective tissue covering the joints and bones from injury or wear and tear on the joints. Bursitis is the most common cause of hip pain, followed by arthritis. The main symptom of bursitis is pain at the point of the hip, or "hip pointers." The pain usually extends to the outer thigh and is worse at night if you lie on the bad hip. Initially the pain is sharp and severe, but may then become dull and achy.

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