As our spine degenerates over time, bone spurs can occur. Sometimes, ligaments thicken and can calcify leading to bone spurs. The joints in the spine may also form spurs as they degenerate.
What Causes Bone Spurs in the Back?
Normal aging and degeneration process are common causes for bone spurs. Poor posture, arthritis, lifestyle or traumatic injuries such as in sports or automobile accidents can hasten the formation of bone spurs in the back. Heredity may also impact the likelihood of getting bone spurs.
Bone Spur in the back Symptoms
- Stiffness in lower back or hips down to the feet
- Pain in affected area
- Radiating leg pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Weakness in the legs
The MISI Approach to Bone Spurs in the Back Treatments
It is always best to try conservative treatment to alleviate symptoms of bone spurs in the back first. These treatment options can include one or a combination of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication
- Pain Medication
- Chiropractic Treatment
- Physical Therapies
- Massage Therapy
- Injection Treatment
In the event that symptoms persist, surgical intervention may be needed. Depending on the patients’ condition, there are several minimally invasive surgeries that may be considered. Some common procedures used to treat pain associated with bone spurs include laminotomy, foraminotomy and discectomy. There are more complex minimally invasive procedures for more advanced stages of bone spurring.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.