Cervical bone spurs
Cervical bone spurs are sometimes called neck bone spurs or neck osteophytes. They develop as we age and are considered a normal consequence of aging and will normally ever cause a problem. As we age, we may develop some neck osteoarthritis, or we may injure our neck a few times and it is thought that this inflammatory and mechanical irritation leads to more bone deposition around the irritation and this bone lay down forms bone spurs. Bone spurs in themselves are not painful however if they grow big enough they can protrude into the intervertebral disc, blood vessels, nerves or the spinal cord and then become a source of pain via the irritation of these structures.
Symptoms Of Cervical Bone Spurs
In general principle bone spurs do not produce pain, however they do cause pain in other structure when they grow big enough to protrude into them. Therefore the most common symptoms include neck stiffness, neck discomfort, neck pain on both or either side of the neck, numbness and tingling into the shoulders, arms and hands, muscle weakness and progressive loss of function in rare cases.
Treatment Of Cervical Bone Spurs
The treatment of bone spurs in the neck depends on their severity and location. Conservative treatments delivered by chiropractors and physiotherapists aim to reduce pain and improve the function of the neck. Chiropractors and physiotherapists do this through a diagnostic and treatment process. The first step is diagnosing and recognising the bone spur(s) as the pain generator and then by putting together a program that treats the cause of the problem. Remember, bone spurs only cause pain when they crash into something like the vertebral joints, intervertebral disc, or pain sensitive structures such as nerves. The treatment for neck pain and bone spurs should always start here with the chiropractor or physiotherapist. In some rare cases our chiropractors or physiotherapists will have to send you to a surgeon in order to remove the bone spurs when symptoms do not abate. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) getting you better is our priority. We use evidence-based treatments that are safe, effective and gentle for the treatment of neck pain.