Treatment options for bone spurs
If you have been diagnosed with bone spurs, you understand the frustration of the chronic pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and limited mobility that can be caused by this condition. Your first goal is to find a treatment option that will help relieve this pain and discomfort so you can get back to your daily activities.
Depending on the severity of your bone spurs, you may be able to find treatment through conservative methods. In fact, many patients with this condition are able to find effective pain relief without undergoing spine surgery. However, if several weeks or months of conservative treatments are not helping your pain, your doctor may recommend spine surgery.
While spine surgery may seem overwhelming, there are other spine surgery options that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery,^ such as the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Researching the options available to you through the following article will help you make an informed and confident decision about your spine care needs.
Conservative bone spur treatments
Many doctors will start the treatment process by recommending a regimen of nonsurgical treatment to help relieve the pressure from the bone spur on a compressed nerve. Once this pressure is released, you should feel a decrease in your pain. Some of the most common nonsurgical bone spur treatment options include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation
- Pain medication to help relieve moderate to severe pain
- Physical therapy to improve range of motion and keep joints mobile
- Cold therapy to help relieve inflammation and numb pain
- Heat therapy to loosen tense muscles and promote oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood flow to the affected area
Bone spurs are usually the result of spinal osteoarthritis and other deterioration, such as spinal joint pain. While conservative treatments can help reduce the symptoms of bone spurs, they do not always treat the source of your pain. If you have yet to find adequate relief after conservative therapy, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery.
If bone spur surgery becomes an option
If spine surgery becomes an option, you should research the minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our patients can find peace of mind knowing that our procedures offer a lower risk of complication and infection as well as a shorter recovery period compared to traditional open back surgery.^
We also boast a patient satisfaction score of 98,^ meaning our patients can rest assured knowing they are receiving the best care in an environment of compassion and understanding. To start your journey to pain relief, reach out to the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute and request a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery.