Two Ways Bone Spurs Can Lead to Other Back Problems

Contrary to popular belief, bone spurs are not always painful. In fact, these small, smooth calcium deposits often form on bone surfaces without causing any symptoms at all. However, if a spinal bone spur leads to another issue in the neck or back a number of uncomfortable symptoms can develop as a result. 

So how does this cause other back problems? Complications commonly develop when a bone spur:

  1. Presses up against one of the sensitive nerves or nerve roots in the spinal canal, or
  2. Becomes so large that it compresses the spinal cord

Because these growths can take up space in the spinal canal that is intended for other more sensitive structures their presence can lead to a number of potential issues. 

What are the Most Common Complications of a Spinal Bone Spur

Other conditions that commonly accompany spinal bone spurs include spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, and osteoarthritis. Ideally, a patient’s treatment plan will include a combination of treatments. Such as medications and physical therapy to help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by each of these issues. 

Treatment at BEST Health System

Bone spurs don’t cause any symptoms (or that can be managed with conservative measures) and don’t necessarily need to be removed. However, surgery may be a potential treatment option for people whose symptoms persist despite various attempts at nonsurgical treatment. 

At BEST Health System, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and more effective alternative to open back surgery. Our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Girton and Dr. Abbott treat bone spurs, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, and a number of other conditions. The procedures at BEST, use an incision that is typically less than an inch. This in turn reduces recovery time and decreases the risk of complications. If you’d like to find out more about our outpatient procedures, contact us today.