MidAmerica Orthopaedics Blog

Bone Spurs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Bone spurs are projections of the bone that develop along the bone’s edge. They can develop throughout the body in the knees, fingers, shoulders, hips, and spine. Patients can find significant relief from bone spurs through home treatment, physical therapy, and in worst-case scenarios, surgery.

Causes & Symptoms

While bone spurs can occur throughout the body, a person may be experiencing spinal bone spurs if they have symptoms including:

  • a pinching-like pain in the back
  • weakness and numbness in the arms and legs.

Bone spurs that occur along joints, especially those in the knees and fingers, are often connected to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a rheumatoid disease that breaks down the cartilage between bones. When this happens, a person’s body may try to compensate for the lost cartilage by creating bone spurs to fill the area. While many people do not experience the pain, numbness, or tingling symptoms associated with bone spurs, they may eventually need treatment.

MidAmerica Welcomes Pediatric Orthopedic to Staff

Dr. Prasad Gourineni, MD

MidAmerica Orthopaedics is proud to welcome Pediatric Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Prasad Gourineni, MD to our practice on June 1.

With over twenty years of experience under his belt, Dr. Gourineni comes to MidAmerica Orthopaedics after practicing in nearby communities.

Dr. Gourineni completed medical school at Andhra Medical College, India, as well as residencies at Mangalore and Northwestern Universities. After discovering his aptitude for hip preservation, Dr. Gourineni completed fellowships in Vail, CO, Dallas, TX, and Bern, Switzerland, acquiring vast amounts of knowledge about open surgical dislocation and hip osteotomies.

What are Ganglion Cysts? Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Ganglion cysts are common benign (non-cancerous) tumors that appear in the hand and wrist adjacent to joints or tendons. Common locations are the top and bottom of the wrist, the base of the finger palm-side, and the top of the end joint of the finger palm-side.