Bone Spur Symptoms (Osteophytes)

Bone spurs or osteophytes themselves are not painful, and in fact may go undetected for years, not requiring any treatment. Where your bone spurs are located determines where you will feel pain and whether you will experience any other signs or bone spur symptoms.

For instance, bone spurs that form on the vertebra body in your spine may push against your spinal nerves, leading to pain and numbness in various parts of the body.

Bone spurs on the spine may cause the foramen, the opening through which the spinal nerve exits the spine, to narrow and put pressure on the nerve, resulting in a condition called foraminal stenosis. Symptoms of bone spurs include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Debilitation

Loose Bodies and Joint Locking

Bone spurs can also break off from the larger bone, becoming what doctors call “loose bodies”. Oftentimes, bone spurs that have become loose bodies will float in your joint or become embedded in the lining of the joint. Loose bodies can drift into the areas in between the bones that make up your joint, getting in the way and causing intermittent locking — a sensation that something is preventing you from moving your joint. This joint locking can come and go as the loose bodies move into and out of the way of your joint.

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.