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Is a bone spur compressing a spinal cord dangerous?

A bone spur is an excess bone growth that develops in the spine. This condition does not produce symptoms in many instances, causing it to go unnoticed. However, when a disc in the spine has worn out completely, the bone spur can create pressure and push on the spinal cord. As a result, dangerous symptoms can develop, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and possibly restricted motion.

It is extremely important to immediately consult your doctor if you begin experiencing any of these debilitating symptoms. He or she can determine the severity of your condition and come up with treatment options that best fit your spine care needs. To learn about your options for finding lasting relief from severe bone spur symptoms, read the following article.

Conservative treatments for bone spur relief

Depending on the level of bone spur severity, a course of conservative treatments may first be recommended to relieve the symptoms of this condition. For instance, the following treatments may be effective:

  • Pain medication
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

However, if your condition does not improve or loss of mobility occurs, then surgical intervention may become necessary to relieve your condition.

Bone spur surgery at USA Spine Care

At USA Spine Care, we are here to help you find lasting relief from your bone spurs. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses a less than 1-inch incision, allowing for a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^ To learn more about the advantages of the outpatient procedures performed at our state-of-the-art surgery centers, contact our dedicated team today.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has performed more than 75,000 patient procedures since 2005. Through our minimally invasive decompression surgeries, our board-certified surgeons can treat dangerous bone spur symptoms without unnecessarily disrupting the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine. Reach out to us and ask for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our procedures. We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.

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