Bone spurs can have a variety of causes, especially when they develop in the spine – a complex structure that includes numerous bones, joints, nerves, and muscles. Because the spine bends and twists so frequently, it’s possible for some of these components to wear down. In some instances, this condition can develop as a result.
The Most Common Causes of Bone Spurs
They develop as a result of bone-on-bone friction. This predominantly occurs when the cartilage that separates the joints gradually wears away (spinal osteoarthritis). However, other potential causes include:
- Degeneration of the discs in the spine. When the discs in between the vertebrae wear down over time, the surfaces of the vertebrae can rub against each other, leading to the production of bone spurs.
- Ligament damage. Ligaments are soft tissues that can connect bone to other bones. If these become loose or less elastic, they can shift and press against each other, allowing bone spurs to form at the contact site.
- A traumatic injury. Although less common than other causes, car accidents and other sudden impacts can cause immediate damage to one or more of the discs and vertebrae in the spine, and a bone spur may form as a result.
Treatment with BEST
If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, numbness, or muscle weakness in your neck or back there may be several potential causes. An experienced physician can help determine if bone spurs are causing your pain.
Contact BEST Health System to learn more about treatment options if you’ve been diagnosed with spinal bone spurs and have found minimal relief from conservative treatments. Our procedures use an incision that is typically less than an inch. This helps reduce the risk of complications and reduce overall recovery time. With our on-site MRI, we are more than happy to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.