Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along bone edges. Bone spurs (osteophytes) often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. They can also form on the bones of your spine.
The main cause of bone spurs is the joint damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and can go undetected for years. They might not require treatment. If treatment is needed, it depends on where spurs are located and how they affect your health.
What are the symptoms of bone spurs?
Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms. You might not realize you have bone spurs until an X-Ray is performed. Some symptoms can happen in your knee and make bending your knee very painful. The spine can also have bone spurs that pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots and cause weakness or numbness in your arms or legs.
How does a doctor diagnose bone spurs?
Diagnosis needs to be made by a medical professional such as a Dallas pain doctor as other conditions may be responsible for one, or more, of the above symptoms. During the physical exam, your doctor might feel around your joint to pinpoint your pain. Your doctor might also order X-rays or other imaging tests to view your joints and bones.View Treatments Tailbone Pain