Bone Spurs

Bone Spurs

 

Bone spurs are bony growths that develop along bone edges. Bone spurs (osteophytes) often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. They can also form on the bones of your spine.

The main cause of bone spurs is the joint damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and can go undetected for years. They might not require treatment. If treatment is needed, it depends on where spurs are located and how they affect your health.

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Symptoms a patient may experience from a bone spurs can include:

Specific symptoms depend on where the bone spurs are located. Examples include:

Knee: Bone spurs in your knee can make it very painful to move your leg

Spine: On your vertebrae, bone spurs can narrow the space that contains your spinal cord. These bone spurs can pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots and can cause weakness or numbness in your arms or legs.

Hip: Bone spurs can make it painful to move your hip, although you might feel the pain in your knee. Depending on their placement, bone spurs can reduce the range of motion in your hip joint.

Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures that may be considered when suffering from bone spurs:

Lumbar / Cervical Laminectomy

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removal of the lamina. The lamina is part of the vertebra and serves the purpose of shielding the spinal canal. A laminectomy can also be called a “decompression” surgery. In spine surge…

Laminotomy

A laminotomy is a surgical procedure where a small portion of the lamina is removed from the vertebral body so that decompression may be achieved. A laminotomy is typically performed in conjunction with other decompressive procedures such…

Epidural Steroid Injection

Epidural steroid injections (or ESI) are typically performed after non-invasive measures (physical therapy and/or chiropractic) have failed. An ESI procedure involves delivering a steroid medication directly to the site of the inflammation…

Foraminotomy

A minimally invasive foraminotomy is a procedure that is typically done in conjunction with other spinal procedures that can include laminotomy, discectomy, and possibly other decompressive procedures. In understanding spinal anatomy and …

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