How do you get a bone spur?

A bone spur is a common condition that can develop on just about any bone in your body. Often, this condition is associated to the onset of arthritis and is seen in highly mobile, weight-bearing joints, although the formation of bone spurs can also be commonly traced to the aftermath of an injury, chronic inflammation and countless other conditions. In other words, the potential causes of bone spurs are numerous, and these smooth growths of excess bone material are exceedingly common.

With that said, one of the most common areas for bone spurs to develop is within the spine – specifically in the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine). That’s because these two regions of the spinal anatomy are both highly flexible and also support a significant percentage of the body’s weight. Over the years, this combination of constant movement and pressure can lead to the deterioration of the spinal anatomy, particularly within the facet joints that both stabilize the spine and allow for the range of motion we require for daily activity. When the smooth cartilage coating on these facet joints deteriorates, bone-on-bone contact can occur, and the body’s natural response to this is to grow bone spurs.

Spinal bone spur surgery

Spinal bone spur surgery is a treatment method that is sometimes recommended to patients who have been diagnosed with bone spurs in the neck or back. However, it’s also important to understand that surgery isn’t the only option for a patient with a bone spur. More often than not, the symptoms of the condition can be effectively managed with a regimen of conservative, nonsurgical techniques. While this approach isn’t designed to “cure” the bone spurs, they can be highly effective for managing the symptoms of the condition.

With that said, for a select segment of the population the surgical removal of a bone spur (or several bone spurs) is a viable option. At Laser Spine Institute we can surgically address bone spurs in the spine several different ways depending on the patient, his or her condition and other variables. Our procedures are:

  • Minimally invasive in nature and have fewer risks for complication than traditional open spine surgery
  • Performed by our highly trained spine surgeons who have extensive firsthand experience in minimally invasive procedures
  • Conducted on an outpatient basis, allowing our patients to return home or to their hotel room the same day as their procedure
  • Recommended by our patients as evidenced by our 98 percent patient satisfaction score

To learn more

If you are interested in determining if you are a candidate for one of the minimally invasive bone spur procedures that we offer at Laser Spine Institute, or any of our other state-of-the-art techniques, contact us today for a no-cost review* of your MRI.