Is Hip Bursitis The Same as Sciatica?

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Bursitis and sciatica are two nueromuscular conditions that have similar symptoms but different causes. Both the complications of bursitis and sciatica affect the nerves severely and extend from lower back to legs. While sciatica is basically the pain caused by general compression of one of the largest nerve i.e. sciatic nerve; bursitis is the inflammation or bursae that are sac-filled cushions helping in the movement of joints, basically the hip joint. As the joint moves, pain and discomfort occur in the affected region because of the irritation of muscles near the bursa. Symptoms of Bursitis Bursitis is featured with the following symptoms:
  • Localized tenderness of joint of buttocks
  • Tingling as well as numbness
  • Limited movement in affected areas
  • Redness or swelling in buttock region
Main causes of bursitis
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Crystal deposit
Symptoms of sciatica Sciatica is characterized by the following symptoms:
  • Pain in lower parts of the body
  • Tingling
  • Discomfort
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Muscular weakness
Main causes of sciatica
  • Undue pressure lies upon the sciaticnerve
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Herniated disk
  • Pregnancy
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tumors
  • Internal bleeding
  • Injury
  • Infections
How to differentiate? Bursitis is accompanied only by hip pain. But a sciatica gets sensation of needles & pins in the lower area or the legs. In short, bursitis is localized while sciatica affects many areas. Go to a physician and check your affected areas where pain and discomfort are sensed. The doctor will help locate the reason of the pain. Keywords: bursitis sciatica hip