Bone spurs are small projections of bone that grow on the skeletal body. Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs often arise from osteoarthritis and may also develop as a result of general aging. Bone spurs are a common development in the human body and are not always problematic. When bone spurs form on the spine, they can press against spinal nerves, leading to pain and numbness in various parts of the body.
Bone spurs (osteophytes) themselves are not painful. However, when they rub against nearby nerves or narrow the spaces between the vertebra through which nerves pass, they cause severe back pain.
Bone spurs on the spine may cause the foramen (the opening through which the spinal nerve exits the spine) to narrow. This conditions is known as foraminal stenosis. This narrowing of the foramen puts pressure on the nerve, leading to tingling, numbing, pain and debilitation. Diagnosis of bone spurs is typically made via an examination of your medical history and additional tools such as MRI scans, CT scans and X-rays.
The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients with bone spurs to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your conditions with our medical professionals. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be among the world’s best solutions when it comes to advanced spine surgery. Your pain from bone spurs can become a thing of the past.