Spinal Bone Spurs

A spinal bone spur is a bone growth that has been formed as the body has tried to heal another problem. While not all spinal bone spurs will become problematic, when they do, the pain and other symptoms can become quite intense at times. A spinal bone spur can develop anywhere along the spine, but are most often problematic in the lower back and neck.

Spinal Bone Spurs
Spinal Bone Spurs

How Do I Know if I have Spinal Bone Spurs?

Spinal bone spur symptoms include pain that radiates along the nerve path into the arms or legs. Numbness, tingling, and a pins and needles sensation are also common spinal bone spur symptoms. The longer the condition progresses the more compression the spur will place on surrounding nerves which may lead to muscular weakness and loss of motor function.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from a spinal bone spur? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Spinal bone spur treatment usually involves anti-inflammatory medication, rest, activity modification, exercises to strengthen core muscles that provide support for our back. If needed, physical therapy will be added to the treatment plan. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.

Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating spinal bone spurs we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your spinal bone spur? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Bone Spurs

What are causes and risk factors for bone spurs?

A bone spur is a smooth, bony growth that forms over a long period of time. Many bone spurs—or osteophytes, as they’re formally known—cause no symptoms at all, and you may not know you have one until it shows up during a routine imaging study. Joint damage from osteoarthritis is the most common cause of bone spurs. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones, your body attempts to repair the loss by creating bone spurs near the damaged area. In general, the risk of bone spurs is higher in people who have arthritis.

What are symptoms of bone spurs?

You might not realize you have a bone spur until you get an X-ray to look for another condition. They only cause problems when they press on nerves, tendons, or other structures in your body. At this point, you might feel pain in the affected joint, stiffness when you try to bend or move, tingling in your arms or legs, muscle spasms, cramps, and bumps under your skin.

How are bone spurs diagnosed?

During the physical exam, your doctor might feel around your joint to pinpoint your pain. Your doctor might also order X-rays or other imaging tests to view your joints and bones. Initial treatment is directed toward decreasing inflammation and avoiding reinjury when possible. A cold application can help if the location of the bone spur is accessible. You may also be subject to anti-inflammatory medications administered both orally and by local steroid injection depending on the location of the spur.