Bone Spurs

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A bone spur is an outgrowth of bone that can occur along the edges of a bone. It is also called an osteophyte. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bone spurs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A bone spur is an outgrowth of bone that can occur along the edges of a bone.

Bone spurs can form in any bone but are most commonly found in joints, where two or more bones come together. They also occur where muscles, ligaments or tendons attach to the bone. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees and feet.

Bone spurs generally form in response to pressure, rubbing or stress that continued over a long period of time. Some bone spurs form as part of the aging process when cartilage breaks down.

Most bone spurs cause no symptoms. If they are pressing on other bones, muscle or tendons, they can break that tissue down over time, causing swelling, pain and tearing.

Bone spurs do not require treatment unless they are causing pain or damaging other tissues. Treatment may include rest, ice, stretching and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. In some instances bone spurs may need to be surgically removed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.