Treatment options offered by Laser Spine Institute for spinal bone spurs

Laser Spine Institute has many different treatment options currently available for bone spurs, also known as osteophytes. If you have been diagnosed with a bone spur in your neck or back and find that conservative nonsurgical treatment is not delivering the results that you want, our highly trained medical team may be able to help.

We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that can be used to help you overcome your neck or back pain, depending on your diagnosis. Our team is dedicated to helping you get the information you need about the treatment options available to you. Contact us at any time to learn more or if you have any questions.

Why do bone spurs cause symptoms?

Bone spurs are smooth extrusions of bone that can develop on the edges of vertebrae or in the vertebral joints in the neck and back. Most often, these growths accompany the onset of osteoarthritis as the body’s natural response to the loss of cartilage on the joints and the resulting bone-on-bone contact. The problem with bone spurs is that they can compress nerve roots or the spinal cord. They can also make regular movement difficult and uncomfortable. Bone spurs are not reversible and there is no traditional cure for them. Treatment is designed around managing symptoms, improving or maintaining spinal flexibility and taking steps to have a healthier spine, such as quitting smoking or losing weight.

The minimally invasive approach at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several treatment options to patients who are experiencing the symptoms of bone spurs. These include:

  • Foraminotomy. This procedure involves accessing the spine and removing material, including bone spurs, that is narrowing one of the nerve root exits, called foramina.
  • Laminotomy. In a laminotomy, our surgeons remove a small part of the lamina to relieve pressure on the central spinal canal.
  • Facet thermal ablation. This procedure uses a laser to burn away nerves in the spine that are inflamed by a swollen facet joint or a bone spur.

These procedures are all outpatient in nature and involve a small muscle-sparing incision. This means we are able to offer patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

To learn if you might be a candidate for one of our bone spur treatments, contact us today and request a no-cost review* of your MRI or CT scan.