Spondylitis and bursitis

Question

Is there a relationship between Spondylarthopathies and bursitis? Also degenerative disk disease? Thanks,

Answer

HI Caryn,

No, there is no relationship in terms of the cause or biology of the disease.  However, if you have back pain from a sponyloarthropathy, you might be more likely to get bursitis of the hip from walking funny to relieve the back pain.  Degenerative disk disease is common and can occur in anyone, including patients with spondyloarthropaties but that doesn’t mean they are related.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.