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 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. 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 may become necessary.
Spine, neck & back bone spur treatment options
Bone spurs along the spinal column can cause some serious complications. For instance, osteophytes, at any location along your spinal column, can cause severe neck and/or back 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 treatment options you can choose from. Some are as simple as medications – such as painkillers, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers – while other bone spur treatments involve physical therapy, weight loss, exercise and rest. However, some bone spurs require more involved treatments, such as surgery for bone spur removal.
Traditional surgical treatments are of the invasive, open back variety, and they typically require lengthy, painful recovery processes. However, Laser Spine Institute offers 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. To learn more about our state-of-the-art treatment options, surgery centers and patient care programs, contact us today.