Bone spurs are enlargements of a normal bone structure. The body’s natural repairing mechanism is the primary cause of bone spurs, as it tries to protect bones subjected to pressure or other stresses. Problems occur when bone spurs protrude into surrounding tissue as they grow, causing pain and other complications. Also called osteophytes, bone spurs can occur on almost any bone or along joint margins. Bone spurs of the spine are common. Bone spurs on vertebrae can be especially troubling because they have the potential to impinge on nerves exiting from the spinal column that innervate other parts of the body. Depending on which vertebrae are affected and the degree of nerve impingement, a bone spur can result in pain or tingling sensation, numbness and weakness in the extremities, restricted motion, and in severe cases, disability.
Treatment for Bone Spurs
Spinal bone spurs often form as a normal part of aging; so many people are affected by this problem as they grow older. Spurs can also occur as a result of a bone infection, irritation, or a skeletal deformity such as kyphosis that creates abnormal stresses on the spinal column. Treatments for bone spurs have traditionally included anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and, in severe cases, surgical removal of bone spurs. Today, minimally invasive surgical techniques and laser spinal surgery can offer a quick and effective alternative treatment option to address painful bone spurs of the spine. At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. John Lipani treats patients with bone spurs on the spine and greater Princeton New Jersey and the surrounding tri-state area. We are committed to finding the best solution for each patient using state-of-the-art procedures. If you have questions about bone spurs or other spinal problems, call or email us today to schedule an appointment.
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. Lipani is a board certified fellowship trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who performs minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal procedures. Dr. Lipani is a specialist in the treatment for bone spurs and many other spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, low back pain, neck pain, spinal tumors, spinal cancer and more. Dr. Lipani treats patients from around the world, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer Counties for bone spurs. Dr. Lipani offers image guided spine surgery approaches for bone spurs treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient. For state-of-the-art bone spurs treatment, call or email us to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Hamilton or Bridgewater New Jersey!