Bone Spur Relief

Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony structures that form on the spine over time, commonly caused by degeneration and aging.

 

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What Is a Bone Spur?

Bone Spur

 

 

Bone spurs form when discs or cartilage tissue that cushion bones are injured, damaged or worn down. When bones touch, or when ligaments holding the spine together thicken and harden to support the spine, it can lead to significant pain and a diminished range of motion. A bone spur can occur in any area of the spine, including the cervical spine in the neck region, as well as the lumbar spine in the lower back. Sometimes, a bone spur and a bulging disc occur at the same time. This is a condition known as disc osteophyte complex.

Bone Spur Basics

Symptoms. Pain, numbness, fatigue, spasms, compromised movement

Causes. Wear-and-tear, injury

Treatments. Decompression, stablization/fusion, injection

Recovery Rate. High

How is a Bone Spur Treated?

Bone Spur treatment depends on you – your specific physiology and how advanced your case is. The North American Spine medical team and your physician will thoroughly evaluate your situation and recommend a treatment plan to provide both maximum relief and minimum recovery time. Treatment plants are grouped into three categories:

 

Non-surgical
Decompression
Fusion or Stabilization

 

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Symptoms of a Bone Spur

Common symptoms of Bone Spur include:

 

  • In the lumbar spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet
  • In the cervical spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head
  • In the thoracic spine (less common): pain in the upper back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems

 

Prior to having a surgical procedure to treat your bone spurs, conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections should be attempted. If these measures do not meaningfully relieve your pain, a North American Spine procedure may be in order.

Causes of a Bone Spur

Additional common Bone Spur causes include:

 

  • Arthritis, which can lead to joint deterioration
  • Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
  • Direct physical injuries such as a car accident or fall
  • Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

 

In some cases, bone spurs form as part of the normal aging process and do not cause any significant health problems. Bone spur treatments are as varied as their causes. Your North American Spine physician will perform a thorough work-up and discuss the range of treatment options available to you.

Treatments and Procedures for a Bone Spur

Treatment and procedure options for Bone Spurs range from conservative options like injections to more intensive procedures like spinal fusions.

 

Conservative Options

 

Conservative treatment options include nerve root blocks and steroid injections. These are designed to provide temporary relief (up to one year), and you may elect to have the procedure done multiple times. Other conservative strategies may include the placement of a spinal cord stimulator–or STIM–which is designed not to correct the underlying degeneration, but to lessen the pain the condition causes.

 

Decompression

 

Decompression–including North American Spine’s unique IntelliSpine™ procedure–may be used for cases in which the structural integrity of the vertebrae or spinal cord is not threatened. These procedures concentrate on freeing entrapped nerves, typically be enlarging the space through which nerves pass. Depending on the demands of the procedure and your unique physiology, a special surgical laser may be used.

 

Fusion/Stablization

 

Fusion, also called stabilization, procedures may be used when the stability of the spine or vertebrae are compromised or threatened. In some of these cases, more than one harmful condition may exist. While these procedures are minimally invasive and enjoy a high success rate, some patients may be required to stay overnight for observation.