Bone spur removal is usually the first thought in a patient’s mind when an X-ray or other scan reveals that these excess bone growths – known by the medical term “osteophytes” – are to blame for their neck or back pain. However, some background on bone spurs can be helpful before making any decisions as to the best bone spur removal option.
As you age, bone spurs are a common occurrence that can spring up at multiple locations in your body. However, these additional bone growths are frequently misunderstood. The term “spur” leads many people to believe that osteophytes are sharp, pointed growths. Actually, bone spurs are smooth growths that do not necessarily cause any problems on their own. They can develop for a number of reasons, such as aging, arthritis, disc degeneration, traumatic injury, poor posture, overuse, and more. When these excess bone formations impinge on a nerve or other bone, that’s when problems can arise and bone spur removal becomes an issue.
Spine, Neck & Back Bone Spur Treatment Options
Bone spurs along the spinal column can cause some of the more serious complications as a result of these smooth excess bone growths. For instance, osteophytes at any location along your spinal column can cause severe back and/or neck pain, restricted movement, radiating arm and leg pain, weakness in the extremities, numbness, and in some cases disability.
If your physician has concluded that bone spurs are the cause for any of these symptoms you’ve been experiencing, there are a number of bone spur removal options you can choose from. Some are as simple as medications – such as painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers – and other bone spur treatments involve physical therapy, weight loss, exercise, and rest. However, some bone spurs require more involved treatments such as surgery.
Traditional surgical treatments were of the invasive, open-back variety and they typically required lengthy, painful recovery processes. However, Laser Spine Institute offers an innovative, minimally invasive bone spur removal procedures that can give you relief from the painful symptoms of bone spurs with a much faster recuperation time, better chance for success, and less risk of infection than most traditional surgical treatment options. For a complimentary MRI or CT scan review, and to learn more about our state-of-the-art treatment options, surgical facilities, and patient care programs, contact us today.