Treatment for Spinal Bone Spurs in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ
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. Osteophytes are a common finding in imaging tests, especially in people over age 50. While bone spurs 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:
- 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 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 their 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, 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
- Foraminotomy – bony tissue around the foramen is cut away or shaved down to create more space for the nerve root
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 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.