Causes and treatments for bone spurs

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. Read on to learn about the causes and treatment options for spinal bone spurs, including Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery.

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 other 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, excess body weight, playing high-impact sports like football and hockey or previous spine injuries.

Bone spur treatment options

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal bone spurs, there are many conservative 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 — which is designed to improve your range of motion
  • Cold therapy — which helps relieve inflammation and numb pain
  • Heat therapy — which helps loosen muscles and promotes blood flow
  • Pain medications — which may help relieve pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — which reduce inflammation and joint pain

In the event that these conservative treatment options for spinal bone spurs aren’t enough to provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, you may be advised to seek surgical options. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of choosing minimally invasive spine surgery to remove your bone spurs and other particles causing compression.

By using a small, muscle-sparing incision, our procedures are able to offer patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you’re a candidate for our outpatient bone spur surgery, reach out to our team today. Through a free MRI review* our highly skilled surgeons are able to find out if our procedures would be effective in relieving your symptoms.