Bone spurs of the neck and back

November 12, 2012

Bone spurs of the neck and back

Bone spurs are also known as oseophytes and are the development of additional bone formations on top of the normal bone structure. Despite what the name may suggest, the bone does not grow into a point but are smooth and rounded. As these bone spurs get bigger they can begin to push into surrounding tissue, causing irritation, pain and other symptoms. Bone spurs can develop in practically any bone of the body, including the spine. The body begins to produce these bone spurs as way to repair itself if the bone becomes exposed to any pressure or stress. Bones are flexible and over time will conform to a pressure applied on them. Ligaments and tendons can sometimes pull the bone away from its original location, stimulating the formation or bone spurs. If these bone spurs continue to grow they can begin to put pressure on tissue or nerves, which can be extremely painful and lead to many other symptoms some of which are debilitating. One of the most dangerous and painful places that bone spurs can develop is on the spinal column. If nerve impingement occurs in the spine it will not only cause severe pain but also it can lead to restricted movement, weakness in the extremities, numbness and in extreme cases even disability. If you notice any of these symptoms and suspect that it may be down to a bone spur, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Even if you are not sure what is causing it, any pain or symptoms associated with the spine or back should not be taken lightly and a doctor should be seen quickly in order to make a diagnosis. Once bone spurs have been diagnosed you will be able to begin treatment as recommended by the doctor. If conventional treatment does not appear to be working, you may have to return to the doctor to discuss options for surgery. Most surgical treatment available for bone spurs is non invasive such as an endoscopic procedure, which is considered safe and effective. Open back surgery is another option but if it is possible the endoscopy is a much less invasive procedure with a faster recovery time and a very high success rate.

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