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Human Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are bony projections that form along joints. They are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion and can cause pain.

Bone spurs themselves rub against nearby nerves and bones and cause pain.

Bone spurs are often called osteophytes.

What Causes a Bone Spur?

A bone spur occurs then the body tries to increase the surface are of the joint. The body will do this in an attempt to better distribute weight across a joint surface that has been damaged by arthritis or other conditions. Unfortunately the bone spur often becomes restrictive and painful.

Bone spurs themselves are usually a signal of an underlying problem that often needs to be addressed. Bone spurs are often documented to help assess the severity of a condition such as arthritis.

Bone spurs are often associated with osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage of an affected joint is worn down and eventually you may have bone rubbing on bone, resulting in pain and inflammation. Your body may try to repair this damage by growing bone spurs along the existing bone.

Bone spurs appear as prominent lumps, usually on the hands, feet or spine.

How are Bone Spurs treated?

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for bone spurs. Treatment is usually directed at the underlying problem to prevent further joint damage.

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