Definition of Bone Spur

The growth of an extra bone on normal bone is known as a Bone Spur. In medical terminology, it is also known as osteophytes. Bone Spurs are generally along the margins of the joints of the spine, but can be found on the feet as well as the shoulders, hips and hands. It is not very painful but sometimes it may cause pain when it gets rubbed against other bones surrounding it. In the case of the spine, it may impinge on adjacent nerves.

A bone spur is an extra growth of bone most commonly observed at a joint i.e. the place where two bones join together making movement possible. Now, any unnatural movement at the point of the joint over a long period of time will ultimately lead to the formation of the spur. One can also have spurring of a single piece of bone as a result of excessive tension on the bone from a ligament where it attaches with the bone.

Causes of Bone Spurs

As the osteoarthritis condition shears down the cartilage in your joint, the body will try to repair and compensate for the loss. Sometimes this leads to creation of new areas of extra bone formation along the edges of your current existing bones leading to Bone Spurs in the foot. Sometime your body might also create bone spurs in an attempt to strengthen the aging joints.

Signs and Symptoms

It might happen that in your spinal-cord, a bone spur can push or pull against your nerves, or that your spinal cord will be impinged and impacted and you’ll start feeling pain and experience numbness somewhere else in your body. This is called referred pain. Sometimes on your neck the cervical bone spur can grow inwards, thus occasionally making it tough to swallow anything, making it painful to breathe. Bone spurs can also push against the veins, sometimes even restricting blood flow to the brain.


The Bone Spur treatments and remedies involve taking appropriate rest, ice bag application, mild stretching, and prescribed use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. If the bone spur occurs at the foot as in the form of plantar fasciitis, orthotics can provide relief. Sometimes just changing footwear will provide considerable relief. Curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric, is effective in treating bone spur. Take on an empty stomach about 3 times daily for 6 weeks. Apply flaxseed hot pack to the area in pain. Take alternate hot and cold foot baths. Use cheese cloth soaked with warm linseed oil, cover it with plastc and keep a heating pad on the wrap for a couple of hours to allieve the pain.

If severe symptoms persist, then a qualified physician might also give a dose of corticosteroid injection in order to reduce pain. Use this treatment with caution. Long term steroid injections can become less and less effective with repetition can also end up damaging tendons and ligaments.





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