Commonly found in the neck and back, bone spurs, or osteophytes, are excess bone growths that the body might create for a number of reasons – these can include age, arthritis, disc degeneration, poor posture, traumatic injury and other causes – to stabilize jointed areas of the body. While the term “spur” often creates images of something pointy or sharp, bone spurs are actually smooth growths that don’t necessarily cause any pain or other problems. In fact, bone spurs are a very common occurrence as you get older.
While bone spurs may not cause any problems on their own, neck or back bone spurs can sometimes grow to the point where they impinge on nerves or other bones, and this is when a number of issues can arise. When neural compression or bone-on-bone contact occurs as a result of bone spurs, a patient may experience:
- Severe neck or back pain
- Restricted movement
- Radiating arm or leg pain
- Weakness in the extremities
- In some cases, disability
If you have been experiencing any symptoms that might lead you to believe neck or back bone spurs might be to blame, contact your physician. An X-ray can determine the existence of bone spurs and whether they are causing any problems. Treatment options for bone spurs include medications – such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and pain relievers – cortisone injections, physical therapy, exercise and even surgery.
Certain surgical treatments for bone spur relief are invasive and can result in lengthy recovery times. However, with the innovative, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, you can experience relief from the pain of neck and back bone spurs quickly, with faster recuperation and less chance of infection than with open spine surgery. For more information about our state-of-the-art procedures and surgery centers, contact us today.