What causes a bone spur to develop?

A bone spur is a common condition that can develop on just about any bone in your body. Often, this condition is associated with the onset of arthritis and is seen in highly mobile, weight-bearing joints. However, 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. Read on to learn about what spinal bone spur surgery entails and whether you are a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures.

Spinal bone spur surgery

Spinal bone spur surgery is a treatment method that is sometimes recommended for 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 techniques, such as pain medication and physical therapy. 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 board-certified 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 out of 100 patient satisfaction score^

If you are interested in learning more about our outpatient procedures, contact our dedicated team today. We are here to help get you back to the activities you love.

Are you a candidate for minimally invasive bone spur surgery?

If you are interested in determining if you are a potential candidate for one of the minimally invasive bone spur procedures that we offer at Laser Spine Institute, reach out to us today for a no-cost MRI review.* Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain.