Spinal bone spurs, or osteophytes, are tiny fragments of bone that protrude from the bones in your spine.
Bone spurs occur in areas of inflammation, where friction causes the bony fragments to develop. Spinal bone spurs typically occur near the edges of the facet joints in the spine.
Some bone spurs do not cause any symptoms in some cases. More often than not, if you do not have any symptoms, bone spurs may go undetected.
In a large number of cases, however the bone fragments can press against your spinal nerves, which may result in tingling, numbness, weakness or pain.
Most often, spinal bone spurs are the result of persistent inflammation in a specific area, where the cartilage has worn away.
Bone spurs are usually best detected through X-rays, and the severity of a bone spur can be tested through electroconductive tests to evaluate nerve damage.
If your symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, or loss of strength or motion in your arms or legs, you may want to consult with a specialist to discuss the best course of treatment. More conservative treatments methods are first recommended, which can include physical therapy, pain medication, or steroid injections.
Some of our patients at Southern Laser Spine require orthopedic surgery, especially if the bone spur is pressing on nerve or limiting your activity. You should consult with a doctor or contact us at Southern Laser Spine if more conservative treatments have not alleviated your symptoms.