Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along the joints, or bone edges. They can also form along the spinal cord.
Most bone spurs don’t cause any signs or symptoms. Patients might not even be aware that they have bone spurs until an X-ray for another condition reveals the abnormal growths. However, in some cases bone spurs can lead to pain and loss of motion in the joints.
Symptoms will vary depending on where the bone spurs form.
The most common cause of bone spurs is joint damage from osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the joints, the body attempts to repair the loss by creating bone spurs near the damaged area. The risk of developing bone spurs is higher in people with arthritis.
Bone spurs may be identified with an X-ray scan or other imaging tests that show the joints and bones. If patients are experiencing pain, their doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium.
At Westcare Clinics, patients seeking treatment for bone spurs may benefit from pain management techniques, joint and soft tissue injections, and occupational medicine. The right treatment option will depend on the patient’s unique condition and pain level.
Symptoms of bone spurs can be treated with pain management techniques, such as cold and heat therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, gentle exercise, biofeedback, mind-body techniques, music therapy, and occupational therapy. Each patient will receive personalized recommendations for pain management techniques according to their needs.