Spinal bone spurs form as a result of arthritis in the spine, which project along the edges of our bones. As cartilage in our bones breaks down, the body begins to compensate the loss by growing more bone in the weakened joints.
Wear and tear, associated with osteoarthritis is a primary reason for bone spurs. A spinal bone spur may go undetected for some time because it doesn’t necessarily cause pain. However, they do require treatment because if it makes contact with the spinal nerves or surrounding structures, they will prevent your joints from smooth motion. Enough bone spur formation in the spinal canal can also lead to a degenerative condition called spinal stenosis. The condition causes an isolated narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal and can begin in any area of the spine. Spinal stenosis has the ability to cause pain, numbness, and weakness along with other symptoms in the arms or legs.
Specific symptoms will pinpoint the exact treatment for bone spurs. If you suffer from pain or swelling in one or more joints, it may be time to contact a doctor. After an examination, if bone spurs are suspected, a routine X-ray, MRI or CT Scan can be performed to confirm the presence of bone spurs.
At Atlantic Spine Center, our doctors will examine your tests and provide therapeutic options for you to consider. Treatment for a bone spur involves relieving the overall inflammation around the spur, so that it will diminish the compression surrounding the nerves. We may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine or epidural steroid injections. At home, you can place ice on the swelling joint for fifteen minute intervals to relieve the inflammation. A doctor may also suggest exercise and physical therapy to help stretch and build muscle core strength around the joint. If conventional treatments for your bone spur fail to bring relief to the area where the bone spur has grown, surgery may be a viable option. Our doctors will talk to you about minimally invasive surgery options for your personal situation.