Bone spur symptoms can be debilitating and painful if left untreated. Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are excess growths on normal bone that can be caused by aging, disc degeneration, arthritis, poor posture and traumatic injury, among other reasons. Contrary to what many individuals believe, bone spurs are not sharp, pointy structures; rather, they’re smooth growths that are often completely harmless. It is typically only when a bone spur comes into contact with another bone or spinal nerve that an individual will experience any symptoms.
The bone spur symptoms that can occur when osteophytes press against a spinal nerve or bone can include:
- *Severe neck or back pain*
- Weakness in the extremities
- Radiating arm and leg pain
- Restricted movement
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you know all too well the effect they can have on your overall well-being. If the pain and discomfort caused by an osteophyte has negatively affected your quality of life, your physician may have recommended bone spur surgery as a treatment option. However, many of the traditional surgeries that are used to treat bone spurs are open back procedures, which can require lengthy, painful recoveries.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures for bone spurs treatment that can help patients avoid lengthy hospital stays and reduce recovery time. If you need relief from bone spur symptoms, contact us today to learn more about our innovative procedures and to request a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.