Bone Spurs

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor


What is bone spurs?

Bone spurs is the condition in which there are some sharp parts extend forward from the bone. Most bone spurs (or osteophyte) may cause no symptoms and go unnoticed from time to time until something, like an accident, happens. Some bone spurs don’t cause pain, but some do. Some of them don’t need any treatment, treatments usually depend on which area of your body that spurs are located and their effects.

How common is bone spurs?

This health condition is extremely common. It can affect patients at any age. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of bone spurs?

Some bone spurs may go unnoticed as they do not cause any pain. Otherwise, pain is the first thing when experiencing bone spurs. Then, we have numbness and tenderness to the affected areas.

If it is heel spurs, then you may suffer from foot pain and trouble walking. A spine spur can cause numbness, pain, weakness and may affect your posture.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What are the causes of bone spurs?

The major cause of bone spurs is inflammatory, commonly from osteoarthritis or tendinitis. Under these conditions, your body attempts to cure the condition by directing calcium to the affected area, thus create a bone spur. Different location of inflammatory leads to different bone spurs area. For example, bone spurs of the spine are caused by inflammation of the ligaments at the spine; bone spurs at the back of the heel are caused by inflammatory Achilles tendon, and so on.

Risk factors

Which increases my risk for bone spurs?

When talking about the bone problem, older people are at a higher risk. Bone spurs happen to people over 60 more often. However, that doesn’t mean younger people do not get bone spurs.

In fact, injuries, disc and joint degeneration or even poor posture can result in a bone spur somewhere in your body. Additionally, heredity and nutrition do play a role. Also, people with osteoarthritis, arthritis, or spinal stenosis are more likely to get bone spurs.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is bone spurs diagnosed?

A physical examination will be performed to determine where the pain revolves. Further diagnosis includes an ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, and CT scan to help plan the course of treatment.

How is bone spurs treated?

Initial treatments involve reducing the inflammation area by using medications orally or locally injections. However, it depends on the location of the bone spurs. In severe cases, such as bone spurs causing nerve problems, surgery is required to take out the spurs.

Some common approaches can be taken like doing physical exercises to improve bone as well as muscle durability or a healthy diet to supply bone nutrients. Bone spurs may not need any treatments at all as long as it doesn’t prevent you from conducting your daily tasks.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage bone spurs?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with bone spurs:

About your lifestyles:

  • Stay active;
  • Nutrient-dense diet for decreasing inflammation and support cartilage;
  • Maintain a healthy body weight;
  • Get enough rest/relaxation;
  • Control pain naturally.

And here are some home remedies for bone spurs:

  • Ginger;
  • Apple Cider Vinegar;
  • Turmeric;
  • Chamomile;
  • Flaxseed.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

Review Date: November 28, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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