Bone Spurs & Back Pain


A bone spur, medically known as osteophyte, is the growth of a bone fragment on a normal bone.  It’s a common misconception that a bone spur is sharp. This smooth textured bone can cause problems and conditions to develop if it presses or rubs against vertebrae, ligaments, tendons, or spinal nerves.

Why do Bone Spurs Develop?

This extra bone growth is a bodily response to a damaged vertebrae or bone.  Pressure, stress, and rubbing on a vertebra that continues for sometime may result in a bone spur.  

  • Aging-Sometimes bone spurs are not a bad thing. Sometimes they form to add stability to your aging joints. They often grow in areas of the body that need protection, such as areas of cartilage disintegration.
  • Osteoarthritis is often a cause of bone spurs, as the cartilage that lines the joints wears and tears down a spur may develop.
  • Spinal Stenosis can cause this abnormal bone growth as the narrowing of vertebrae and shifting of nerves, tendons, and muscles occurs.

If you are experiencing swollen and painful joints, please schedule an appointment for a Free Consultation. Let a spine doctor get to the root of this problem, and then we will work together to create a back pain relief treatment plan.