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 spurs in response to continuous pressure that is placed on the natural bone structure.

Bone spurs and other spinal conditions

A number of spinal conditions are considered bone spur causes, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease – This condition involves the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral discs, which are seated between adjacent vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. The body may create a bone spur in an effort to provide the spine with added support and stability when an affected intervertebral disc is no longer able to do its job.
  • Osteoarthritis – Affecting the facet joints, which connect adjacent vertebrae, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilaginous lining wears away. The body may create osteophytes in an effort to prevent bone-on-bone contact in the affected joints.
  • And others

Treating bone spurs

Treatment for spinal bone spurs typically involves a number of conservative techniques, including pain medication, corticosteroid spine injections, physical therapy and hot/cold therapy, among others. Some patients may also choose to pursue alternative therapies such as acupuncture, restorative yoga, chiropractic manipulation and the use of herbs and nutritional supplements.

If several weeks or months of non-invasive treatment fail to provide a patient with adequate relief, a physician or spine specialist may recommend surgery. Before consenting to any operation, patients should consider all treatment options and the risks and benefits that are associated with each of them. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive procedures have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from the chronic pain a bone spur causes.