Spinal degeneration can leave you with daily aches and pains in your back that make everyday activity difficult. Treating uncomfortable backbone spurs may help you regain your active lifestyle.
Also known as osteophytes, backbone spurs are growths of excess bone that develop on your spine. Despite their name, they are smooth, and sometimes they don’t cause any pain at all.
But, whether or not backbone spurs are causing discomfort, they are a sign of spinal degeneration. Osteophytes are often found in people age 60 and up. They are commonly associated with osteoarthritis.
While some bone spurs are asymptomatic, other patients find that they exert uncomfortable pressure. When bone spurs cause pain, burning, tingling, or numbness, it’s time to consult a specialist. Initial treatment for bone spurs is almost always noninvasive.
Nonsurgical recommendations for treating bone spurs often include:
- The use of pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy to increase strength and encourage a more erect posture, reducing the pressure caused by backbone spurs
- A more restful lifestyle
- Steroid injections for pain relief injections up to three times a year
If medication, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy are not enough to relieve your bone spur symptoms, the next step may be surgery. The most common surgical procedure for removing bone spurs is a laminectomy. In this surgery, the spinal canal is made larger by removing part of your vertebrae.
To find out more about bone spur treatment, contact Dr. Paul Brisson for a comprehensive evaluation of your options. He may be able to treat you with noninvasive procedures, but if surgery is required, you can trust that you will be in skilled hands. You are in good hands with the top spine surgeon in Manhattan.