Bone spur treatment options can range from rest to surgery

Bone spurs are small nubs that grow near the joints of the spine when the spine weakens or deteriorates due to age.

While bone spurs do not always produce symptoms, sometimes the growth can compress a nearby nerve root and cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness or numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Burning sensation or warmth

If you’re suffering from these symptoms and you’ve been diagnosed with bone spurs, there are several treatment options available to you to help reduce your pain. The first step toward pain relief is to schedule an appointment with your physician to complete a physical exam. This physical exam, combined with knowledge about the cause and severity of your condition, will help your doctor recommend an appropriate treatment option to help you get back to your daily activities.

Addressing the symptoms with conservative bone spur treatment

Conservative, nonsurgical treatment is generally the first treatment recommendation for bone spur pain. These treatments may include:

  • Muscle relaxants, pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Intermittent periods of rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Moderate exercise
  • Cortisone injections

These treatments focus on relieving pain through two methods: reducing the pressure from the bone spur on the pinched nerve and blocking the pain receptors that travel from the nerve root to the brain.

Consider all of the surgical options before making a decision

In many cases, conservative bone spur treatment can effectively relieve pain in just a few months of therapy, but in severe cases, surgery may be the best option.

Because any surgical procedure comes with both rewards and risks, it is important to weigh all of the available options before making a choice. Open neck and open back procedures are the more traditional surgical options, but there are now safer, effective surgical alternatives to traditional open spine surgeries.

For example, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open back surgery. Our procedures offer patients a lower risk of infection and complication as well as a shorter recovery time^ because our surgery does not require the large incision or muscle disruption used during traditional open neck or back surgery. Instead, our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small incision and does not disturb the surrounding muscles.

To treat bone spurs, our team may recommend a decompression surgery, which removes the bone spur from the spine and thereby relieves the pressure on the pinched nerve. In some more severe cases, we may recommend a stabilization surgery if the joints in the spine are no longer able to support the surrounding vertebrae appropriately.

For more information about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery, and to see if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a review of your MRI report or CT scan.