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Common symptoms of a bone spur in the spine

A bone spur is a small, smooth growth that can develop in the bones of the spine as a result of friction from years of wear and tear, osteoarthritis or a sudden injury. Bone spurs themselves are not painful, but if they press against a nerve root or the spinal cord, then they can trigger a variety of disruptive symptoms that may make it difficult to live a normal, active life.

What are the signs of a spinal bone spur?

The physical effects of bone spurs can vary depending on each patient’s unique circumstance, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Localized pain around the affected area
  • Radiating pain that travels through the legs or arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced coordination and mobility

Additionally, the location of the bone spur in the spine can play a role in what symptoms are produced. If the bone spur is in the neck, or the cervical spine, then headaches can occur. If it’s in the lower back, then discomfort and numbness may be felt in the buttocks and legs. The severity of symptoms can also vary substantially — some patients may only experience intermittent and mild symptoms, while others may struggle to walk, sit comfortably and perform everyday actions.

Bone spur symptoms can grow to be debilitating, but here’s the good news; many patients are able to find substantial relief from their symptoms with conservative treatments like hot/cold therapy, pain-relieving medications, anti-inflammatory injections, physical therapy and other nonsurgical methods.

Bone spur treatment at USA Spine Care

Still, some patients with more extensive bone spur symptoms may be candidates for surgery to relieve pressure on irritated nerves or the spinal cord. In these cases, USA Spine Care offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed by board-certified surgeons+ through a less than 1-inch incision and are associated with shorter recovery periods and less risk than traditional operations.^

Contact USA Spine Care today to learn more about our bone spur treatment options and how we can help you Stand Tall. When you do, ask us how to receive a free MRI review* to learn if you are a candidate for our procedures.

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