Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are most often a result of rheumatoid or spinal arthritis. Spinal arthritis is commonly known as osteoarthritis of the spine. Each vertebra of your spine is linked to adjacent vertebra via intervertebral discs and cartilage-containing facet joints. With aging, the articular cartilage within facet joints degrades, making this cartilage rough. This makes the simplest movements extremely painful.
What Are Bone Spurs
Bone spurs are extra bone laid down by the body in an attempt to repair itself. Bone spurs are not pointed as the name would imply, but are rather smooth overgrowths around the joint surfaces. Bones spurs do not help strengthen the spine; rather, they may impede spinal nerves as they exit between the vertebrae. Nerve compression causes symptoms such as tenderness, throbbing, limited range of motion, and abnormal stiffness of the joints.
Treatment of nerve compression caused by bone spurs begins conservatively with rest, exercise, stretching, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections. None of these treatments remove bone spurs. They reduce nerve inflammation and pain. The underlying cause remains, and therefore, pain can return.
Contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI) today to find out more about bone spurs. Our outpatient, endoscopic procedures can remove bone spurs, thereby allowing nerve inflammation to resolve. . As a first step, allow LSI to provide a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.