Bone Spurs

Bone spurs, are also known as osteophytes, are smooth, bony growths that form over a long period of time. The bone spurs are not painful, but the surrounding area can be effected by it. It could be pressing on nerves and they often occur within the spinal column and irritate the nerve roots.  Bone spurs often happen along side osteoarthritis and it is possible that they will cause little to no symptoms at all.  Only 40% of bone spur cases cause symptoms that require medical treatment.   


Symptoms of Bone Spurs

  • Back and neck pain
  • Inflamed joints
  • Burning or tingling
  • Dull pain when standing or walking
  • Loss of coordination
  • Spasms, cramps, weakness, or numbness 
  • Radiating pain near the site of the bone spur


Causes and Risk Factors of Bone Spurs

  • Age (>60)
  • Disc and joint degeneration
  • Heredity and structural problems
  • Previous injuries
  • Poor Posture
  • Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis


Bone Spurs Prevention

  • Proper posture
  • Diet including sufficient vitamins and minerals
  • Body awareness 
  • Seeking proper medical care after traumas or injuries


Treatment of Bone Spurs

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving inflammation and pain without the use of medication. We promote and strengthen the body to maintain proper body mechanics and proper posture.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.