Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are enlargements of your body’s normal bone structure. As these enlargements grow, they may protrude into surrounding tissues, sometimes causing pain and other symptoms. Bone spurs can occur on virtually any bone, including on your vertebrae, but contrary to the name, a bone spur does not actually create a point. Rather, they are smooth structures that your body creates to repair itself after bones are exposed to stress, rubbing or pressure over time. Please refer to our bone spur causes section for more details.
Bones conform to any pressure applied to them, and through the years, tendons (which hold muscle to bone) and ligaments (which hold bone to bone) can start to pull the bone from where it should be, stimulating the creation of bone spurs . As these protrusions form and grow, they sometimes impinge on a nerve, causing pain and debilitating symptoms.
Bone spurs forming along the spinal column can lead to nerve impingement that may cause severe pain, restricted movement, weakness in the extremities, radiating arm and leg pain, numbness and, in some cases, disability. If you think you’re starting to exhibit symptoms associated with bone spur nerve compression and want to confirm your suspicions, we suggest you take a moment to browse through our bone spur symptoms page. On this page, the experts at Laser Spine Institute review the most common symptoms associated with bone spurs.
Bone spurs and treatment options
If you have been diagnosed with bone spurs and conservative treatment is not helping you, it might be time to consider other approaches, such as minimally invasive surgery . The minimally invasive procedures that Laser Spine Institute uses for bone spurs treatment involve a much faster recuperation than open back surgery and have a very high success rate.
If you still have additional questions, or you would like more information on how Laser Spine Institute can help you find relief from neck or back pain, feel free to contact us. We’ll gladly provide a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.