Posture and correct sitting tips for bone spurs

Bone spurs can occur in the cervical (upper) or lumbar (lower) regions of the spine. In some cases, these bony growths do not cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. However, as bone spurs grow, there is an increased chance that they will come into contact with adjacent nerve roots or the spinal cord, causing issues that can disrupt your quality of life.

If this happens, it can sometimes feel impossible to get through the day due to significant pain and related symptoms. Even an activity as normal as sitting at your desk can be a challenge when you are dealing with pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness caused by bone spurs.

How to sit correctly at your desk

One way to potentially reduce the symptoms of bone spurs is to practice proper posture while sitting at your desk. Sitting correctly, without slouching or slumping, promotes better spine health because it reduces uneven pressure on the spine. Additionally, your nerve roots and spinal cord can have more room within the spinal canal when your back is kept in a straight but comfortable position.

Here are some helpful tips to help you deal with bone spur pain while sitting:

  • Sit with your back straight, your shoulders back, and your buttocks touching the back of the chair
  • Distribute your weight evenly between both hips
  • Bend the knees at a right angle, even with or slightly higher than the hips
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for longer than 30 minutes; take stretch breaks every half hour

Treatments for severe bone spur pain

By taking steps like practicing proper posture and seeing a doctor for conservative pain management treatment, you should be able to manage any symptoms caused by bone spurs.

However, if bone spur pain and related symptoms persist for several months with conservative treatment, surgery may be recommended. If this is the case, we invite you to contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive treatment options for bone spur pain.

Minimally invasive treatment for bone spurs

If you are looking for relief from chronic neck and back pain due to bone spurs, our minimally invasive spine surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Performed as outpatient procedures
  • A reduced risk of infection compared to traditional open neck and back surgery^
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • A less than 1-inch incision

Bone spurs can be effectively treated with either minimally invasive decompression surgery or minimally invasive stabilization surgery, depending on the cause and severity of the condition. A member of our dedicated team can help you learn more about our procedures and our state-of-the-art facilities.

We’re pleased to provide a free MRI review* to help you determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.