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What is a Bone Spur?

In simple terms, a bone spur, called osteophyte, is the growth of an additional bone on normal bone which occurs as part of our body’s self-repairing program. A spur usually reminds one of something sharp in nature, but a bone spur is just an extra bone. Although more often than not smooth, a bone spur can be painful or cause wear and tear or pain when it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues. Bone spurs are normally found in the spine, shoulders, hands, feet, hips, and knees.

Symptoms of Bone Spur:
As most bone spurs show no symptoms, many people have them without ever being aware of their presence. However, if bone spurs put pressure on other bones or tissues or are cause a tendon or muscle to rub, they can gradually erode that tissue over time, which could lead to pain, swelling, and tearing. If there is a bone spur in the foot, it can cause corn and callus when there is a tissue build-up for providing extra padding over the bony growth. An X-ray can easily detect a bone spur. But as most bone spurs do not cause too many problems, people hardly take an X-ray just to find out if they have a bone spur or not. If you ever have an X-ray to assess one of the problems linked with bone spurs, such as arthritis, you will be able to clearly notice them on that X-ray.

Causes of Bone Spur
A bone spur is formed when the body tries to repair itself by building one or more extra bones. Usually, the formation of a bone spur takes place while responding to stress, pressure, or rubbing over a considerable length of time. Old age is also responsible for the formation of some bone spurs. As we grow old, the tissue called cartilage breaks down and gradually wears away giving rise to a condition called osteoarthritis. Moreover, because of aging, the discs that act as cushions between the bones of the spine may also break down causing pain and swelling and, in some cases, bone spurs to grow along the edges of the joint. In elderly people, bone spurs are common in the joints of the spine and feet. In one’s feet, bone spurs may form in response to tight ligaments, or to such activities like running and dancing that cause stress. Obesity or ill-fitting footwear can also cause bone spurs. Bone spurs are often found in the shoulder when its constituent bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments wear against one another.

Treatment of Bone Spur:
Home Remedies:

Treatment is not needed unless bone spurs cause pain or damage other tissues. If necessary, treatment may be carried out for the causes, the symptoms, or the bone spurs them. If the target is the cause of bone spurs, treatment may include weight loss in order to reduce pressure on the joints and stretching the affected area. Ultrasound or deep tissue massage as physiotherapy can be helpful for shoulder pain.

Natural and Ayurvedic:
Treatment for symptoms may include ice, rest, ice, stretching, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Treatment of bone spurs themselves may include their removal by surgery.

Vital cure center at Bangalore in India is a best center for curing bone spur.

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