Is a Bone Spur Compressing a Spinal Cord Dangerous?

A bone spur is an excess bone growth that develops in the spine. This condition does not produce symptoms in many instances causing it to go unnoticed. However, when a disc in the spine is worn out completely, the bone spur can create pressure and push on the spinal cord. As a result, dangerous symptoms can develop causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and possibly restricted motion. 

It is extremely important to immediately consult your doctor if you begin experiencing any of these debilitating symptoms. They can determine the severity of your condition and come up with treatment options that best fit your spine care needs. To learn more about your options for finding lasting relief from severe bone spur symptoms, read the following article. 

Your Conservative Treatment Options

Depending on the level of bone spur severity, a course of conservative treatments may be recommended to relieve the symptoms of this condition. For instance, the following treatments have proven to be effective:

  • Pain medication
  • Hot/Cold therapy 
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

However, if your condition does not improve or loss of mobility occurs, then surgical intervention may become necessary to relieve your condition. 

Bone Spur Surgery at BEST Health System

At BEST Health System, we are here to help find lasting relief from your bone spurs. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses an incision that is less than an inch. This allows for a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. This form of surgery also has a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period. To learn more about the advantages of the outpatient procedures performed at our state-of-the-art surgery centers, contact our dedicated team today. 

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, BEST has helped thousands of patients get back to the activities and people they love. Through our minimally invasive decompression surgeries, our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Girton, and Dr. Abbott can treat dangerous bone spur symptoms without unnecessarily disrupting the muscles or ligaments surrounding your spine. Reach out to BEST today and we can help guide you on your journey to wellness.