Treatment for bone spurs in the neck

Treatment for bone spurs in the neck is not always necessary. Many people who develop cervical bone spurs, or osteophytes, never realize they have them because symptoms only develop if the bone spur presses against a nearby nerve root.

However, when nerve compression does occur within the cervical spine, symptoms such as chronic neck pain can develop, signaling you to schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss treatment options.


Conservative treatment for bone spurs in the neck

For many cases of bone spurs in the neck, conservative treatment is enough to help manage the symptoms of this condition. The purpose of conservative treatment is to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve root, thereby relieving the symptoms. Additionally, some types of conservative treatment help block pain signals sent from the pinched nerve to the brain, helping to relieve the pain of the condition.

Common methods of conservative treatment for bone spurs in the neck include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Gentle stretches and yoga
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Behavioral modification
  • Corticosteroid injections

This type of treatment often takes several weeks or months before lasting relief can be felt. Sometimes, though, weeks or months of conservative treatment may not help you find relief from neck pain. If chronic pain persists despite months of nonsurgical treatment for bone spurs in the neck, your physician may present surgery as an option.


Surgery as treatment for bone spurs in the neck

There are two main types of surgery used to treat bone spurs in the neck: traditional open neck surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Traditional open neck surgery to treat cervical bone spurs involves a large incision in the neck that often damages the supporting muscles around the spine. This can lead to several complications and a long recovery period. Additionally, because of the highly invasive approach to the spine, patients are required to stay several nights in the hospital after surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open spine surgery. Our outpatient procedures use a small incision, often less than one inch, to reach the spine while sparing the surrounding muscles. This allows our patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ and a lower risk of complication.

For more information about our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.