Bone Spurs Articles

A Spinal Bone Spur — What Is It?
A bone spur, which is known clinically as an osteophyte, is a smooth growth of bone created by the body in response to an injury or a loss in bone mass. While these growths are often associated with chronic pain, a bone spur alone does not cause symptoms. Pain and other symptoms occur when the bone spur...

Bone Spur Causes and Treatment Options
Depending on the exact location and cause, developing a bone spur on your spine can result in a number of painful symptoms. While a bone spur isn’t painful by itself, you can experience issues if it comes in contact with other tissue, especially spinal nerves. If a spinal bone spur is affecting your...

Identifying Bone Spur Symptoms
There are a number of symptoms that are commonly associated with development of bone spurs in the spine. While a bone spur in the neck or back does not cause pain by itself, pain and symptoms occur when this excess growth of bone comes into contact with another bone, soft tissue or a nerve within the...

What Is Needed for a Bone Spur Diagnosis
In order to receive a bone spur diagnosis, a patient always needs to visit her or his family physician or a spine specialist. Correctly diagnosing any degenerative spine condition, including the formation of osteophytes within the vertebral joints, is absolutely essential in order to determine the cause...

The Best Treatments for Spinal Bone Spurs
The most effective bone spur treatment can vary from patient to patient depending on many factors. These include the location of the bone spur, the cause of the condition and the severity of symptoms. What works for one person may not work for another, which is why it is so important to work closely...

Bone Spur Surgery
While bone spur surgery is typically considered the treatment of last resort for patients who have been unable to find meaningful pain relief from conservative, non-invasive treatments, for a select segment of the population it may be the only real option to overcome pain. Bone spurs in the neck or back...

Overcoming a Bone Spur in the Neck
A bone spur in the neck, also called a cervical osteophyte, is a smooth extension of the body’s natural bone structure that is produced in an attempt to provide the neck with added stability. Bone spurs can occur anywhere in the body, including the vertebrae, which are the bone structures in the neck...

Bone Spur in Your Back Causing Pain?
A bone spur in the back can cause a number of symptoms, including pain, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in the back, ribs, torso, hips, buttocks and/or legs, any number of spinal conditions could be causing your discomfort. Make an appointment with...

Bone Spur Causes and Treatments
Oftentimes, a bone spur causes individuals to experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. These symptoms appear when a bone spur, also called an osteophyte, comes into contact with a spinal nerve or with the spinal cord itself. The body creates...

Bone Spur Symptoms
Bone spur symptoms do not typically manifest unless the smooth bony growth comes into contact with a spinal nerve or the spinal cord itself. The body creates bone spurs, also called osteophytes, in response to constant pressure being placed on the bone structures (vertebrae) in the neck and back. A number...

What Comes After a Bone Spur Diagnosis?
If you’ve recently received a bone spur diagnosis, you’re probably wondering what can be done to ease the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. The good news is that a number of non-invasive treatments can often be utilized to treat the symptoms of spinal bone spurs. One or more of these methods...

Bone Spur Surgery and Minimally Invasive Alternatives
Bone spur surgery is recommended for a relatively small percentage of patients who have bone spurs. Many patients suffering from the pain of bone spurs can find relief through conservative, nonsurgical methods of treatment, such as physical therapy, pain medication and lifestyle changes. While these...

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