Bone spurs are bony outgrowths that typically occur along a bone’s edge.
Bone spurs are most frequently associated with osteoarthritis and the joint damage that this form of arthritis wreaks. Oftentimes individuals with bone spurs will not even be aware of it- as symptoms may not appear for years, if ever.
That said, deciding on whether to treat bone spurs primarily depends on where they are located and how they are impacting your health.
As we previously mentioned, bone spurs generally do not cause any symptoms. It may not be until you receive an x-ray for unrelated reason that bone spurs will be detected. In rare cases, however, bone spurs can trigger pain and loss of joint mobility.
Make sure that you consult a physician if you were experiencing swelling or pain in your joints and you were having difficulty moving them.
Most commonly it is osteoarthritis that triggers the formation of bone spurs. When osteoarthritis destroys cartilage, your body tries to replace the loss of cushioning by forming bone spurs.
When your bone spurs begin to become painful, your physician will likely advise that you try some over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol, Motrin, or Naproxen. If the pain from a bone spur is severely painful or limiting your range of motion, surgery may be required to remove it.