Bone spurs

Bone spurs

Bone spurs occur naturally as we age and are due to the body’s natural repair mechanism. As bone is subjected to pressure or other stresses it tries to protect itself and place more bone in that area. This may sound like a good thing but as more bone is laid down it protrudes into other surrounding tissues and this leads to pain and complications. Bone spurs are also called osteophytes. Bone spurs can occur on almost any bone or joint and are very common in the spine and vertebrae. As they grow on the vertebrae they can protrude into the nerves and depending on the level of compression of the nerve can cause a variety of different pain intensities and symptoms.

Symptoms of bone spurs

Depending on which vertebra has the bone spurs and which never it compresses will determine the extent of the symptoms. Common symptoms would include pain or tingling, numbness, change of sensation and weakness in the limbs and extremities. Since bone spurs in the vertebrae are associated with degenerative disc disease it is likely that these symptoms would be accompanied by reduced in spinal motion and muscle tightness.

Treatment of bone spurs

Bone spurs are developed as result of ageing and too much stress being placed through the vertebrae and spine. Prevention is always better than cure and unfortunately we can’t stop you ageing, however at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors and physiotherapists can keep your spine moving at its best. Optimal movement can allow the spine to better avoid abnormal forces and loads being delivered through the spine. Since this is a common situation with a life of heavy labored jobs, irritation and skeletal deformity such as kyphosis our chiropractors and physiotherapist work on strengthening the spine, working on spinal mobility and control through exercises, advice and hands on treatments such as spinal mobilisations.

When bone spurs are already prominent there are situations where our chiropractors and physiotherapists may need to refer you to a surgeon in order to have them surgically removed. This is only in situation of persistent pain, dysfunction and appreciable muscle weakness. Our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists will give you all our treatment options.

Other causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.