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 are likely to relieve your pain, as only a small percentage of patients with a spinal bone spur require surgery. Before learning about possible treatment methods, it may be beneficial to learn more about the condition and what causes it.

What is a bone spur?

The body creates bone spurs in an attempt to provide the spine with extra stability and support. These smooth growths are actually extensions of the body’s natural bone structure and can occur anywhere in the body, including the vertebrae. Vertebrae are the bone structures that house the spinal cord and contribute to our ability to bend, twist and move our necks and backs freely. Over time, some anatomical elements of the spine can begin to deteriorate as a result of supporting extensive movement. This may lead to any number of spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis, among others, as well as to the development of bone spurs.

What are some of the noninvasive treatments?

Following your bone spur diagnosis, your physician will likely prescribe one or more of the following non-invasive treatments:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Posture modification techniques
  • Moderate exercise and/or gentle stretching
  • And others

Will I need surgery?

Very few patients require surgery following a bone spur diagnosis. If you have received little to no relief from conservative, non-invasive treatments, consider undergoing one of the procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn how our minimally invasive procedures have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain.