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Bone Spurs occur when the bone has been damaged or irritated. Bone Spurs are most often the result of tissue damage from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease that breaks down the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones. Your body responds to this by trying to restore what was lost or damaged, which results in the formation of a Bone Spur.

What Are the Symptoms of a Bone Spur?

When a Bone Spur grows large in size, it usually pinches the spinal cord or the surrounding nerves which result in painful symptoms. People most often experience pain, numbness and tenderness where the Bone Spur formed. Bone Spurs can appear throughout the body including spine, feet, knees, hips, hands and shoulders.

Common Bone Spur symptoms are:

  • Knee: Bone Spurs that occur in the knee make it hard to bend or extend your leg.
  • Spine: Within your vertebrae, Bone Spurs reduce the amount of space in your spinal cord. Bone Spurs often pinch the nerve roots or spinal cord. This can cause numbness or weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Hip: Bone Spurs make it difficult and painful to move your hip. Although the Bone Spur is located in the hip, the pain can be felt in your knee. Depending on where the Bone Spur is located, your range of motion can be limited in the hip joint.
  • Shoulder: Bone Spurs that occur in the shoulder can reduce and limit your movement. Tears in the rotator cuff and swelling often occur as a result of Bone Spurs in the shoulder.

What Causes Bone Spurs?

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of Bone Spurs. Other conditions that can contribute to Bone Spurs include:

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with a Bone Spur, it’s time to take the next step to alleviating pain. Get started with our condition assessment tool below.


Treatment for Bone Spurs depends on the severity of your condition as well as where it is located. There are several treatment options available to properly treat Bone Spurs.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Bone Spurs

The orthopedic experts at Oasis exhaust non-surgical treatments before resorting to surgical treatments. These options focus on decreasing inflammation and pain. Conservative treatment options can include:

Surgical Treatments for Bone Spurs

If non-surgical options have been exhausted and do not aid in providing adequate pain relief of Bone Spurs, surgery may be the next step to alleviate pain. Our team specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures that reduce recovery time as well as potential complications. Surgical options can include:

If you think you are experiencing pain from a Bone Spur, find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder tool below.

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