What Causes Bone Spurs or Osteophytes?

Bone spurs and osteophytes often are a reaction to changes in your joints due to diseases and aging, most commonly osteoarthritis.

As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in joints in your spine, your body attempts to repair the loss. In many cases, this means creating new areas of bone along the edges of your existing bones.

bone spurs in lumbar vertebrae

Bone Spurs and Stability

Your body may also create bone spurs in an attempt to add stability to the spine. Bone spur formation is the body’s attempt to increase the surface area of a joint to better distribute weight across a joint surface that has been damaged by arthritis or other conditions. Unfortunately, this can become a largely wasted effort by the body, as the bone spur itself can become restrictive, impinge on a nerve and cause spinal stenosis

Other Causes of Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are the hallmark of other diseases and conditions, including:

  • Spondylosis: In this condition, osteoarthritis and bone spurs cause degeneration of the bones in your neck (cervical spondylosis) or your lower back (lumbar spondylosis).
  • Spinal stenosis: Bone spurs can contribute to a narrowing of the spinal and or foraminal canal causing spinal stenosis and or foraminal narrowing (putting pressure on your spinal cord, spinal nerves and/or radicular nerves).

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 spinal surgery. Your pain from bone spurs can become a thing of the past.