Spinal bone spur treatment — three alternatives patients might try

When first researching spinal bone spur treatment options, many individuals come across a small yet frequently recommended set of therapies, such as over-the-counter medications and physical therapy. While effective, these treatments are far from the only options that exist, and their results are often enhanced by combining them with additional, less commonly known alternatives.

Most complementary and alternative bone spur treatments can be safely incorporated into a multidisciplinary treatment plan, although it’s still a good idea to consult with a physician before giving any new option a try. Simple precautions, such as choosing a licensed and experienced provider and avoiding anything that promises to be a guaranteed cure, should always be considered to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Alternative one: chiropractic care

Chiropractic care is an alternative form of bone spur treatment in which a chiropractor gently manipulates the spine back into proper alignment. During a chiropractic session, several different pain relief techniques may be recommended, depending on the location of the patient’s bone spur and the symptoms that it is producing.

Alternative two: massage therapy

Therapeutic massage is another alternative bone spur treatment that can not only help alleviate pain and discomfort but also enhance circulation, promote relaxation and increase a recipient’s range of motion. Massages can also help release endorphins, which are natural “feel-good” chemicals that the body produces to help counteract feelings of pain and discomfort.

Alternative three: herbal supplements

Anecdotal evidence suggests that natural supplements such as ginseng, valerian root, turmeric and ginger can help reduce inflammation throughout the body while also helping to alleviate pain. While some natural medications can interfere with the effects of prescription medications and may have side effects (other reasons to always consult with a medical professional before trying something new), supplements can be used to help limit the need for stronger pharmaceuticals.

At Laser Spine Institute, while we recommend conservative treatment as the initial focus of a patient’s bone spur treatment plan, we recognize that this is not always effective and as such, we offer several minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open spine procedures. We have a patient satisfaction score of 96, thanks in part to the fact that our outpatient procedures have a faster recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery.^ To learn more about our outpatient options for bone spur treatment, contact us today.