Bone spurs are bony growths that develop on the edges of bones and can cause pain and restricted movement. They are commonly found in the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. While they often develop as a result of joint damage from osteoarthritis, they can also be caused by other factors such as aging, weak ligaments, and poor posture.
When it comes to treating bone spurs, there are several options available, depending on the location and severity of the spurs. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we understand the challenges of living with bone spurs and are committed to helping you find the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
5 Treatment Options for Bone Spurs
There are multiple treatment options available for bone spurs, including:
Physical therapy can help improve the strength and flexibility caused by bone spurs, working to reduce pain and improve overall function. Physical therapy for bone spurs typically includes a combination of exercises, stretching, and modalities such as heat or ice to reduce pain and inflammation. Your physical therapist will work with you to create a customized treatment plan.
Medications help alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with bone spurs, allowing you to move more freely and comfortably. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen may be recommended to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. These medications work by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals in the body that can cause pain and inflammation.
Your doctor may also recommend other medications, such as muscle relaxants or nerve pain medications, to help manage the symptoms of bone spurs. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to provide temporary relief of symptoms. These medications can be a helpful part of your treatment plan, but it is important to combine them with other strategies, such as physical therapy or lifestyle modifications, for the best results.
Bone spurs can cause pain, inflammation, and restricted movement, especially when they occur in weight-bearing joints such as the feet, ankles, and knees. Custom orthotic devices, such as shoe inserts or braces, can help alleviate pressure caused by bone spurs and provide support for improved mobility. These inserts can also help distribute weight more evenly across the foot, reducing pain and improving mobility.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In cases where conservative treatments are not effective, minimally invasive surgical procedures may be recommended to remove the bone spurs and relieve pressure on surrounding tissues. Minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as endoscopic surgery, can remove bone spurs without needing large incisions. These procedures typically have shorter recovery times and reduced risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery.
Making changes to your daily habits and activities, such as maintaining a healthy weight, improving posture, and using ergonomic tools, can help prevent further aggravation of bone spurs. Incorporating regular exercise into your routine, such as strength training to improve muscle support around the affected area, can also help prevent bone spurs from getting worse.
Improving your posture can alleviate some of the pressure on your joints and help prevent bone spurs from worsening. This may include being mindful of how you sit and stand. Using ergonomic tools, such as a supportive chair and keyboard at work, can help reduce strain on your joints and prevent further aggravation of bone spurs.
Schedule a Consultation to Evaluate Bone Spurs at NJ Spine & Orthopedic
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we aim to provide comprehensive care and support throughout your treatment journey. We understand that living with bone spurs can be challenging, and we are here to offer you the guidance and expertise you need to find relief.
If you’re ready to explore your treatment options for bone spurs, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our team of specialists will assess your condition and work with you to determine the most effective treatment plan. Call NJ Spine & Orthopedic at (866) 553-0612 or use our contact form to schedule your appointment.