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.