Bone spur causes and treatment

Even though bone spurs sound like painful, sharp objects, in reality they are quite the opposite. Spinal bone spurs are actually smooth structures that form naturally on your spine to help add bone mass and make joints stronger. Even though your body grows bone spurs naturally as a response to joint weakness, they can actually cause more problems than they solve.

Causes of spinal bone spurs

The main cause of spinal bone spurs is osteoarthritis, a condition that occurs when the joints lose their smooth coating of cartilage, which makes joint ends rub against each over without any padding. Because of this, our bodies try to compensate by growing bone spurs. However, osteoarthritis isn’t the only factor leading to spinal bone spurs. The natural aging process can also be one of the causes of bone spurs, as well as lifestyle factors such as poor posture, being overweight, the playing of contact sports and previous spine injuries.

Bone spur treatment options

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal bone spurs, there are many conservative, nonsurgical treatment options that are readily available, and most options can be combined into a personalized routine that can allow you to manage your pain. These include:

  • Physical therapy — designed to improve your range of motion
  • Cold therapy — helps relieve inflammation and numb pain
  • Heat therapy — helps loosen muscles and promotes blood flow
  • Pain medications — opioid pain medications may help relieve pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — reduces inflammation and joint pain

If these conservative treatment options for spinal bone spurs aren’t enough, you may be advised to seek surgical options. To find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive, outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.