More information about bone spurs

Bone spurs are small, bony growths that can develop on the vertebrae of the spine. While most mild cases of bone spurs go unnoticed and do not carry any symptoms, more progressive bone spurs can cause local and radiating pain by impacting a nerve root in the spinal canal. If you are experiencing local pain in your neck or back or radiating pain in your extremities, you should schedule a visit with your physician to determine the cause of your symptoms. There are several treatment options available for patients who have bone spurs.

Bone spurs are commonly associated with other spine conditions, such as arthritis of the spine and spinal stenosis. Arthritis of the spine impacts the joint and disc found between each set of vertebrae. As arthritis gets worse, joints and discs deteriorate, the vertebrae begin to rub together with every movement of the spine. The constant friction between the vertebrae can cause bone spurs to form. If the bone spurs are large, they can impact a nerve root next to the spine and cause pain. Additionally, the bone spur may extend into the spinal canal, causing the space in the spinal canal to narrow (spinal stenosis).

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