A bone spur is a tiny pointed outgrowth of the bone. The symptoms are:
1. Pain, numbness and tenderness, if they are irritating adjacent tissues, such as skin, fat pads, nerves or tendons
2. Heel spurs cause local foot pain, tenderness and sometimes swelling. This can lead to walking difficulty
3. Spine spur can pinch adjacent nerves to cause numbness, tingling and pain as well as weakness
HOW IS BONE SPUR DIAGNOSED?
Your orthopedician may do a physical examination by feeling around your joint to pinpoint the pain. Imaging tests like X-rays or CT-sans may be done to confirm diagnosis and evaluate growth of bone spurs.
HOW IS BONE SPUR TREATED?
Bone spur is treated if it is causing symptoms.Initial treatment focuses toward decreasing inflammation and avoiding reinjury when possible. Anti-inflammatory medications are commonly used depending on the location of the spur. The spurs that are causing irritation of nerves, tendons or ligaments can require surgical operations.
DID YOU KNOW?
While most bone spurs do not show any symptoms or cause any pain, there are cases where pain killers like Ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be prescribed by the Orthopaedician.