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When is it necessary to remove spinal bone spurs?

As you get older, your spine degenerates, causing painful bone protrusions to develop due to worn out discs known as bone spurs. A spinal bone spur can irritate or pinch nerves in the neck or back, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the arms and legs. Although it is possible to remove bone spurs in the spine to provide you with relief from your symptoms, surgery is typically only seen as a last resort for treatment. Depending on the severity of your bone spurs, conservative therapy, such as the treatments outlined in the following article, may first be recommended to alleviate your condition.

Bone spur conservative treatments

If you believe that you are suffering from a bone spur, it is important to immediately consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis. He or she will conduct a physical examination and diagnostic imaging to determine the course of treatment that is right for you. Typically, a noninvasive conservative treatment regimen is initially attempted if your condition is still in its early stages. This may consist of:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle spasm medications
  • Chiropractic treatments
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Acupuncture

If, after several weeks or months, your bone spurs symptoms become so significant that you can no longer function or tolerate your condition, then surgical intervention may become necessary to remove your bone spurs.

Minimally invasive bone spur surgery

If you require bone spur surgery to relieve your symptoms, contact USA Spine Care so we can help you on your journey to wellness. Our minimally invasive procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery^ and have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back symptoms.

Our highly skilled surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle-sparing in order to access the spinal canal and remove the offending bone spur that is pinching the nerves or spinal cord, thereby eliminating the symptoms that the patient is experiencing. To find out if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.

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