Most cases of bone spurs do not cause any signs or symptoms.
You may not even be aware of your bone spurs until an X-ray for another condition reveals the growths.
Rarely, bone spurs may lead to pain and restricted movements in your joints if they rub against other bones.
Specific symptoms vary and are based on where the bone spurs are located.
Knee: Bone spurs in your knees may cause pain when you try to extend or bend your leg. The bony growths may intervene with the bones and tendons that keep your knee operating smoothly.
Spine: Bone spurs on your spinal vertebrae may cause narrowing of the space that holds your spinal cord. These bone spurs may squeeze or pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots, leading to weakness or numbness in your arms or legs.
Hip: Bone spurs can cause pain while moving your hip, although pain may also be felt in your knee. Depending on their location, bone spurs decrease the range of motion in your hip joint.
Shoulder: Bone spurs can rub against your rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that help control the shoulder movements. This can lead to swelling (tendinitis) or a rotator cuff tear.
Fingers: Bone spurs in the fingers appear as hard lumps under your skin, and make the finger joints look knobby.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you feel pain or swelling in one or more of your joints or if there is difficulty in moving a joint.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent or slow down further damage to the joints.
The most common cause for the formation of bone spurs is damage in the joints caused by osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis results in damage to the cartilage, which acts as a cushion between two bones and allows easy movement of the joint.
In response to this, your body starts recovering the loss by forming new bone around the damaged joint.
This new bone forms as a projection called a bone spur.
There are several treatment methods for bone spurs.
If there is pain associated with bone spurs, your doctor will recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others).
The surgical removal of bone spurs that limit your range of motion or impinge on your nerves will be advised.
Physical therapy exercises may be advised to strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint and improve its range of motion.
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