Dr. Praveen Kadimcherla with Atlantic Spine Center offers tips on the basics...
Treatment for spinal bone spurs is usually accomplished through a conservative nature without a need for surgical intervention. Conservative bone spur treatments are often able to mitigate most mild to moderate nerve compression and is the typical first course of treatment.
Treatment usually starts with non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as medication to control the pain. Physical therapy, rest, and activity modification should be all that is required to remedy the condition, although occasionally more aggressive treatment may be needed.
At Atlantic Spine Center, we may also recommend epidural steroid injections as an initial bone spur treatment depending on the advancement of your condition. Epidural injections can help you feel more comfortable so that you are more likely to successfully progress during physical therapy.
If 6 – 8 weeks of conservative treatment fail to relieve your pain, spinal bone spur removal may be the next proper course of treatment. If however, you have loss of coordination in your arms or legs, you may need to undergo bone spur surgery sooner. This decision should be an educated one, made with the help of a doctor. For most people, conservative treatment will provide enough relief from their symptoms and will not require surgical intervention.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu