Bone Spurs

A bone spur (osteophyte) is an abnormal bone growth that forms on an existing natural bone. Bone spurs create pain by rubbing on other bones or soft tissues (including ligaments, tendons, and nerves).

Causes

  • Overuse (pressure, rubbing, stress)
  • Trauma
  • Age-related degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain at the site of the spur
  • Tenderness

Treatment

  • Exercise to remove pressure on joints
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injection
  • Laser Spine Surgery