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 noninvasive 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 through the information provided in the following article.
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 this extensive movement. This may lead to any number of spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis, as well as the development of bone spurs.
What are some noninvasive bone spur treatments?
Following your bone spur diagnosis, your doctor will likely prescribe one or more of the following noninvasive treatments:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Muscle spasm medications
- Hot and cold therapy
- Posture modification techniques
- Low-impact exercises
- Gentle stretching
Will I need bone spur surgery?
Very few patients require surgery following a bone spur diagnosis. If you have received little to no relief from conservative treatments, consider undergoing one of the procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn how our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck or back symptoms.
At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled surgeons are able to remove the bone spurs that are pinching the nerves or spinal cord, thereby eliminating the symptoms of this debilitating condition. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive bone spur surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.*