Bone spurs (or osteophytes) themselves aren't painful, but when they rub against nerves or narrow the spaces between the vertebra where nerves pass, they cause severe pain.
Bone spurs can break off from the larger bone becoming what doctors call “loose bodies.” Loose bodies can drift in between the bones that make up your joints, getting in the way and causing pain and damage, or even locking which can prevent moving the joint. This can come and go as the loose bodies move.
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Bone spurs and osteophytes are often a reaction to changes in your joints caused by diseases and aging, most commonly osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your spine, your body attempts to repair the loss. In many cases, this means creating new areas of bone along the edges of existing bones.
Where your bone spurs are located determines where you'll feel pain and whether you'll experience any other signs or symptoms. For instance, bones spurs on the surface of the vertebra in your spine can push against your nerves causing intermittent or constant pain.
Possible Treatment –
The Bonati Arthroscopic Laser Foraminotomy
A Foraminotomy performed by Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alfred O. Bonati M.D., or another Bonati Spine Institute surgeon increases the space of the foramen (the foramen is the opening or hole where the nerves exit the spine). This opening can become stenotic or narrowed by bone spurs (osteophytes), facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, bulging and/or herniated discs.
A Bonati Foraminotomy is a procedure to relieve the symptoms of nerve root compression. These symptoms may include pain, numbness, burning, or weakness in the shoulders, arms or legs.