Treatment for Spinal Bone Spurs in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ

Reviewed by AOSMI’s Fellowship Trained, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. Justin Elkrief.

Spinal Bone Spurs Freehold & Monroe Township NJWHAT IS A BONE SPUR?

Spinal bone spurs (osteophytes) are bony projections that form over long periods of time on the joints in the neck and back, typically as a result of degenerative changes in the spine. Bone spurs are a common finding in imaging tests, especially in people over age 50. While bone spurs in your neck or back are not painful in and of themselves, their effects on nearby structures, such as nerve roots and the spinal cord, can sometimes cause discomfort.


Depending upon whether the bone spurs are in your neck (cervical spine) or low back (lumbar spine), you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in your neck or back that gets better with rest
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling in your arms, buttocks, or the back of your thighs
  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • Headaches that begin with a dull ache at the back or one side of your neck and radiate into the back of your head
  • Muscle spasms or cramps

In some cases, bone spurs can cause a space in the spine to narrow, which is called spinal stenosis. When bone spurs cause a narrowing of the neural foramina – tiny openings in the vertebrae that allow nerve roots to branch away from the spinal cord and travel to other parts of the body – the condition is called foraminal stenosis. Bone spurs can also grow into the spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord, and compress this sensitive nerve tissue. Both conditions can cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and other symptoms.


If you’re searching for top-of-the-line treatment for spinal bone spurs in Freehold or Monroe Township, New Jersey, turn to the orthopedic medical professionals at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI). We can provide prompt and highly individualized care to stop the cycle of inflammation and pain that bone spurs can cause and help you feel better as soon as possible.

Most patients with mild to moderate nerve compression and irritation from bone spurs are able to effectively treat their bone spur symptoms with nonsurgical treatment options. These may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, physical therapy, exercise, spinal injections, and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss. We place a strong emphasis on conservative treatments for bone spurs, but if the pain or discomfort persists after several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment, we offer advanced surgical options to relieve pressure on the spinal cord/nerves roots, such as:

  • Bone spur removal – special tools are used to remove bone spurs from the vertebrae
  • Laminectomy – a portion of the affected vertebra (the lamina) and the spinous process at the back of the spine are removed to make more room for the spinal cord and in turn, relieve symptoms of bone spurs
  • Foraminotomy – bony tissue around the foramen is cut away or shaved down to create more space for the nerve root which can help reduce bone spur symptoms

If you elect to proceed with surgery at AOSMI, you can feel confident knowing that you’ll be in the hands of highly experienced, board-certified, fellowship-trained New Jersey Spine surgeons who specialize in what they do and are committed to your well-being.

For additional information about the orthopedic treatment options we offer for spinal bone spurs, contact Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute today, or schedule an appointment at our facility in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bone Spurs

What is the main cause of bone spurs?
Do bone spurs ever go away?
What happens if spurs are left untreated?
What does a bone spur feel like?

What is the main cause of bone spurs?

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, often develop as a result of the body’s natural response to joint damage and wear over time. They commonly form in areas where bones meet or where ligaments and tendons attach to bones. Factors such as aging, joint degeneration, osteoarthritis, and repetitive stress can contribute to the development of bone spurs.

Do bone spurs ever go away?

Bone spurs themselves typically do not go away on their own. However, in some cases, symptoms associated with bone spurs, such as pain or restricted movement, can improve with proper treatment and management. Addressing the underlying cause, reducing inflammation, and implementing lifestyle modifications can help manage symptoms related to bone spurs.

What happens if spurs are left untreated?

If bone spurs are left untreated, they can potentially lead to various complications depending on their location. In joints, they may contribute to joint pain, limited mobility, and increased friction. In more severe cases, bone spurs can impinge on nerves, blood vessels, or surrounding tissues, causing additional pain and dysfunction. Seeking medical advice and appropriate treatment can help prevent or manage these potential complications.

What does a bone spur feel like?

The sensation caused by a bone spur can vary depending on its location and impact on nearby structures. Common symptoms include localized pain, tenderness, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the affected joint. If a bone spur irritates or compresses a nerve, it may lead to radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area supplied by the affected nerve. Proper diagnosis by a healthcare professional is crucial to determine the cause of symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.