Bone Spurs – When Is Surgery Necessary?

Living with a Bone Spur

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are growths of bone that occur as a natural stabilizing response to friction, especially around the joints. While they can develop anywhere in the body, this condition often develops in the spine due to the amount of stress the spinal facet joints experience on a day-to-day basis. A spinal bone spur is not painful by itself, but it can narrow and constrict the already tight nerve passages in the spine, leading to radiating symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness.

Conservative treatments like pain medication, physical therapy, and hot and cold compression can be effective, but they don’t bring long-term relief for everyone. In these cases, bone spur surgery may be the best way to take pressure off an affected nerve and stop symptoms.

Is It Possible to Treat a Bone Spur at Home?

The standard approach for treating this condition has for years been a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery. However, this approach to removing a bone spur comes with some downsides, including the risk of complications and a long recovery period, which most people would rather avoid.

While some experimental needle-based methods attempt to break up bone spurs, they haven’t been fully accepted by the mainstream medical community. This is why doctors will typically try to have patients fully explore conservative treatment of bone spur-related symptoms before referring a patient to consult with a specialist for bone spur removal through surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Bone Spurs

If your doctor has recommended surgery but you are anxious about the prospect of undergoing a highly invasive traditional open neck or back procedure, reach out to BEST Health System. We perform minimally invasive spine surgery that uses muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine and treat a range of conditions, including spinal bone spurs. Our procedures offer patients the following advantages:

  • An outpatient procedure
  • Performed by board-certified surgeons+
  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • No lengthy recovery

Treatment with BEST Health System

To learn more about our options for minimally invasive surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today