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Bone spur treatment options

Bone spurs are one of the body’s natural responses to the deterioration of bone and cartilage and typically develop as a response to friction within joints. When smooth new bone grows on the surface of a bone, it is called a bone spur. Bone spurs don’t always cause problems, but when they do painful symptoms can disrupt your everyday activities and limit your mobility.

Conservative bone spur treatment

Most people suffering with painful symptoms caused by a bone spur find symptom control with conservative treatment options. Conservative bone spur treatment includes:

  • Rest
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise and stretching
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections

In addition to the treatments listed above, your physician may also recommend lifestyle modifications that you can make to better control painful bone spur symptoms. Your physician may recommend that you quit smoking, reduce your alcohol intake, lose any excess weight and avoid high-impact and contact sports to reduce stress on the body.

Even with all of the conservative treatment options available, some patients may not experience relief with conservative treatments, and surgery may be required.

Surgical bone spur treatment

Bone spur surgery can be performed as traditional open spine surgery or as minimally invasive spine surgery. Most patients prefer minimally invasive surgery as there are fewer risks, a lower infection rate and a shorter recovery period when compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Traditional open spine surgery requires a large incision and surrounding muscles and soft tissue are disrupted in order to reach the affected area. With minimally invasive spine surgery, a less than 1-inch incision is used along with muscle-sparing techniques.

At Laser Spine Institute one of our highly trained surgeons will provide you with a customized surgical treatment plan. Depending on your condition, location of bone spurs, symptoms and overall health, your surgical treatment plan may include one of the following minimally invasive bone spur surgery procedures:

  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion

Before undergoing bone spur surgery it is important to understand the recovery and rehabilitation period so you have realistic expectation and can organize a network of support. Eighty-three percent of patients treated at Laser Spine Institute return to work and daily activities within three months of surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute so we can determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive bone spur surgeries. We offer a streamlined patient experience allowing you to return to your life and the things you enjoy as quickly as possible. Find out more about bone spur treatment and how Laser Spine Institute’s Tampa location can help to relieve your pain.