Bone spur treatment options
If you have been diagnosed with bone spurs, you understand the frustration of the chronic pain and sometimes 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, nonsurgical methods. In fact, many patients with this condition are able to find effective pain relief without undergoing spine surgery.
However, if conservative treatments are not helping your pain after several months, your physician may recommend spine surgery. If this is your situation, do not worry. While spine surgery may seem like an overwhelming thought, there are other spine surgery options that are safer and effective than traditional open back surgery^. Researching the options available to you will help you make an informed, confident decision about your spine care needs.
Many physicians will start the treatment process by recommending a regimen of nonsurgical treatment to help relieve the pressure from the bone spur on a pinched 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 — to reduce inflammation and pain
- Opioid 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 the 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’re still suffering after several months of conservative therapy, you may have to find a more precise and effective method of treatment, such as spine surgery.
If 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 and a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back surgery. We also boast a 96 patient satisfaction score^, 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, contact Laser Spine Institute and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan today.