Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony protrusions that develop when a disc in the spine has worn out completely, often as a result of degeneration or traumatic injury. When a bone spur irritates or pinches the nerves in the neck or back, debilitating symptoms can develop, such as restricted movement, neck or back pain and numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms or legs. To learn about the variety of treatments you can undergo to ease a spinal bone spur, read the following article.
Conservative options for bone spur relief
Typically, it is common to begin with conservative treatment to ease the pain and discomfort associated with spinal bone spurs. For instance, your doctor may recommend a nonsurgical treatment plan that consists of:
- Muscle spasm medications
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Hot and cold compresses
However, if your condition does not improve after several weeks or months of treatment, then it may be time to consider a surgical route to relieve your symptoms. If this is the case for you, contact the caring team at USA Spine Care to learn how our outpatient procedures can help you recapture your quality of life from this condition.
Surgical options for bone spur relief
At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive procedures are a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^ In order to treat this condition, our team may use a small incision, that does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine, to perform a decompression surgery. This procedure will remove the spinal bone spur and relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve. If the joints in the spine can’t support surrounding vertebrae, a stabilization surgery may be suggested.
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our bone spur surgery, reach out to us today and request a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.