What Are Bone Spurs?
When your body’s normal bone structure is enlarged, it is referred to as a bone spur. Often known as ‘osteophytes’, bone spurs will enter into areas of dense tissue leading to a myriad of symptoms and ultimately causing a lot of pain. These spurs are not associated with any specific area of the spine, but they form along the surface of joints.
Bone Spur Causes:
The leading cause of bone spurs is consistent with aging. Though the direct cause of bone spurs is still unknown, researchers have determined that the spurs are result of the pressure put onto your bones over a long period of time. Bone spurs are not rare and exist in most people over the age of 50. Alongside aging, arthritis of the spine as well as degenerative disc disease are implications of bone spurs. An excess of pressure as well as a weak posture and injury are reasons behind the diagnosis of bone spurs. That being said, avoiding bone spurs is as easy as maintaining a healthy stretching routine and posture while young, to ensure spurs don’t occur as you age.
Bone Spur Symptoms:
Unfortunately, bone spurs are known to be extremely painful. Speaking in terms of the condition’s severity, the possibilities of immense pain are not unfamiliar to people suffering from bone spurs. Some of these symptoms include neck pain, inability to move, numbness and even disability in the most extreme cases. When the bone spur has direct contact with the sensitive nerves in your spinal cord, pain is known to be rather intensive.
Bone Spur Treatment:
Anti-inflammatory medications and popular painkillers will effectively help with treating pain caused by bone spurs. Physical therapies are also an option, but people have not noticed a significant amount of change in pain from therapy. In severe cases, back surgery is performed to fix the bone spurs that are causing pain. Doctors can also perform minimally invasive endoscopic treatments (foraminotomy or laminotomy) to remove the spur.
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