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Bone Spurs/Osteophytes

The medical term for bone spur of the spine is an osteophyte. They represent an enlargement of the normal bony structure. The bones spurs are typically seen with spinal degeneration (aging) and osteoarthritis.

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What are Bone Spurs or Osteophytes?

In medical terminology, bone spurs are also known as osteophytes. A bone spur is a bony growth that develops most often where two or more bones meet. As these spurs develop and enlarge they can intrude on tissues and other surrounding structures. This can lead to mild, moderate, or intense pain in the impacted areas.

What are the causes of Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs develop over time as the body ages. They are the body’s natural way of repairing itself when bones rub up against one another over time.

Bone spurs can develop on any bone in the body. The unique nature of the spine makes this a particularly bad place for the development of spurs as the spinal canal houses the spinal cord and the nerves. As the spurs grow they can begin to cause impingement (compression) of the spinal cord or nerves leading to pain, weakness, and functional difficulties.

What are the symptoms associated with Bone Spurs?

When associated with the spine, one may experience back or neck pain ranging from mild to extreme. Numbness, weakness, and difficulty moving may be symptoms of bone spurs.

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As a multi-disciplinary team, we understand that pain can change and destroy a person’s life. It is discouraging to watch our patients, friends and family suffer in pain. We know we can make a difference and help provide the best education and options available. We offer Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, namely Endoscopic Microdiscectomy and Endoscopic Rhizotomy procedures. Our non-surgical treatments offered are therapeutic and diagnostic injection medicine therapy. These include epidural steroid injections, non-steroidal injections, nerve blocks and ablations, joint injections, and trigger point injections. We also offer many other procedures for pain relief. Stem cell therapy or regenerative medicine are great option for healing and have become very popular with patients over the past few years. We offer many options as well for stem cell therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and our Specialists can discuss all treatments.

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