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What are Bone Spurs?

Michael Pollick
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Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Every so often, your body's attempt at a repair can be worse than the damage itself. Such is the case with a condition known as bone spurs, or osteophytes. They are abnormal growths generally found in arthritic or damaged bones, especially around joints or tendons. When the body senses deterioration in a bone, regardless of the cause, it often creates extra bone tissue to strengthen the area. This extra material hardens to form spurs, which can interfere with a joint's natural range of motion or pinch nerves surrounding the bone.

Many adults live with undiagnosed bone spurs every day and have few if any medical problems. Sometimes an aging body will generate them in an effort to provide more stability to weakening joints and limbs. These osteophytes may be noticed as small lumps under the skin, or they may cause clicking noises in affected joints. The elbows, spine, knees, shoulders and ankles are especially prone to the formation of spurs, although any bone in the body can develop them.

One common ailment caused by the formation of bone spurs occurs in the ankle bone. The body often creates them in the ankle to create a more stable platform for walking. These growths can interfere with the natural walking gait, putting more pressure on the bone and inflaming the nerves and tendons attached to it. The result is a medical condition known as plantar fasciitis. Sufferers are urged to rest and take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain of bearing weight on the ankle.

Bone spurs are also commonly found between individual vertebrae. Osteoarthritis sufferers often lose flexibility in their spines as the condition destroys the cartilage between vertebrae. The body attempts to limit the damage by creating spurs on the ends of each vertebra. The result is similar to forcing two mismatched puzzle pieces together. The bone spurs rub against the nerves, cartilage and vertebrae, causing significant pain and even more loss of mobility. The solution is often to surgically remove these pieces of bone and replace the damaged cartilage disks.

Spurs of bone can also break off into smaller pieces and lodge themselves deep inside joints. If they reach certain critical areas of the joints, they can be the equivalent of spikes driven into the cogs of machinery. This often happens with knee or shoulder injuries caused by trauma. The original surgery to correct the joint will be successful, but the pieces of bone can break off and infiltrate the joint again. Another procedure to remove these bone spurs may have to be performed. This can be done through open surgery or with the use of minimally-invasive arthroscopic tools.

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Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to The Health Board, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.
Discussion Comments
By anon170810 — On Apr 27, 2011

I didn't have any knee pain until I was hit with blunt force trauma to the knee and now the x ray shows a bone spur. Can blunt force trauma cause a bone spur?

By anon74262 — On Apr 01, 2010

I've just come from the chiropractor and after seeing my x-rays he could see the spurs (three) which have been causing a great deal of pain. With the correct adjustments and some continued further adjustments on a regular basis - I'm pain free.

By anon69885 — On Mar 10, 2010

A good chiropractor. He will release the locked joints and vertebrae which will open up nerve flow and promote natural healing without surgery or drugs.

By anon16136 — On Jul 30, 2008

is there any difference between spur & osteophytes?

By anon4650 — On Oct 26, 2007

if someone doesn't have the money to pay for the corrective surgery, what can this person do in order to lessen or even eliminate the pain that comes with having a bone spur?

Michael Pollick
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As a frequent contributor to The Health Board, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide...
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