Bone spur, also known as Osteophyte, are bony lumps that grow on the bones of the spine or around the joints. In simple words, it is tiny pointed outgrowth of bone. They usually form next to joints that have been affected by osteoarthritic. It can grow from any bone, but are most often found in neck, shoulder, knee, lower back, fingers or big toe, foot or heel. Bone spur doesn’t always cause symptoms. When it cause symptoms, the symptoms depend on its location. Pain, numbness, tenderness and weakness are some of the common symptoms.
HOW IS BONE SPUR DIAGNOSED?
It can be diagnosed by radiologic testing, such as plain X-rays, ultrasound imaging, MRI scan, CT scan, and myelograms.
HOW IS BONE SPUR TREATED?
Bone spurs are treated only if they are causing symptoms. Initial treatment is to decrease the inflammation and avoid reinjure. Local cold application can help when the location of the bone spur is accessible. Anti-inflammatory medications, administered both orally and by local injection. Local mechanical measures, such as orthotics, or shoe inserts, and local bone spur pads might be considered, depending on the location of the bone spur. Bone spurs that are causing irritation of nerves, tendons or ligaments and that are resistant to conservative measure can require surgical operations for treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
Not all bone spurs show symptoms. Such can be left untreated as they are harmless.