Bone spurs symptoms can be intensely painful and debilitating if not treated. Bone spurs are excess growths on normal bone formations that can be caused by aging, arthritis, disc degeneration, traumatic injury, poor posture, overuse, or other reasons. Interestingly enough, it is not the bone spurs themselves that cause pain. Negative side effects are actually caused when a bone spur, or osteophyte, rubs against nearby nerves in your spinal column or another bone. In fact, despite the common images people think of when they hear the word “spur,” osteophytes are actually smooth growths that are harmless if they do not come into contact with a nerve or bone.
Unfortunately, when osteophytes grow to the point where this impingement occurs, it can lead to a number of bone spurs symptoms, including:
- Weakness in the extremities
- Severe neck or back pain
- Restricted movement
- Radiating arm and leg pain
- In some cases, disability
If you have been suffering through any of the above bone spurs symptoms, you know how much they can affect your life. Debilitating neck or back pain can dramatically affect the things you love to do. Your physician may have offered bone spur surgery as a treatment option, but many traditional bone spur surgeries are open back procedures that can also involve potentially lengthy, painful recovery processes.
At Laser Spine Institute, we handle bone spurs treatment through a minimally invasive procedure that helps the patient avoid lengthy hospital stays and long, painful recoveries. If you’ve been bothered by bone spurs symptoms and are seeking relief, contact us today for a complimentary MRI or CT scan review, or to learn more about our innovative procedures, facilities, and streamlined patient experience.