Answers to Common Hip Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hip arthritis.

What is the difference between bursitis and arthritis?

Dr. Ryan Bauman talks about the difference between bursitis and arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Hip arthritis is a condition affecting the hip joint, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon. Some forms of arthritis cause cartilage to thin, pushing bones together; others occur when joint membranes become inflamed and erode bones, according to the AF.

Bursitis affects a fluid sac outside the hip, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon. Unlike the pain of arthritis that can be constant, bursitis pain is most acute when the patient is lying or sitting on the affected area, according to the AAOS.

Ask your doctor about the differences between bursitis and arthritis.

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Source: Ryan Bauman, MD, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton

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