Bone Spur Information

Bone Spur Information

Bone spur is the name given to the extra bone that emerges out of a normal bone. Though this bony growth is usually smooth, it might cause pain or even abrasion, especially when pressed or rubbed against some other bone or soft tissues, such as ligaments, tendons or nerves in the body. Spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet are the most common places where a bone spur might occur. Bone spur is also known as osteophytes and might limit joint movement, causing immense pain. In the following lines, we have provided the causes and symptoms of bone spur.

Causes Of Bone Spur
  • Ageing
  • Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Constant pressure, rubbing or stress in a particular area
  • Physical instability
  • Injury
  • Arthritis and other diseases
  • Osteomyelitis, a bone infection
  • Charcot foot i.e. neuropathic breakdown of feet, primarily seen in diabetics
Symptoms Of Bone Spur
  • Back and neck pain
  • Pain in shoulders
  • Progressive weakness
  • Pain in one or both arms and/or legs
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Progressive bowel and bladder dysfunction, in some cases
  • Pain while standing or walking
  • Radiating pain into the shoulders (often including headaches)

Medically known as osteophytes, bone spur can be described as the growth of an extra bone over the normal bone. Bone spur is mostly seen in people who are above the age of 60. It mostly occurs along the joints, especially those of the spine, feet, shoulders, hips, hands and knees. While bone spur is not painful, it causes problem when it rubs against the normal bone or nerves. The condition of bone spur is indicative of spine degeneration, as it is caused when the surface area of joint is damaged. The most common symptoms of bone spur are pain in the back, neck, shoulder, thighs, arms or legs. There are some factors that increase the possibility of the occurrence of bone spur, such as lack of proper nutrition, faulty lifestyle, accidents and sport injuries. However, it can be effectively treated using some home remedies. Read on to explore hwo to treat bone spur naturally.

Home Remedy For Bone Spur
  • To treat bone spur, the first step would be to lessen the inflammation. Applying an ice pack to the affected area would help reduce the swelling. Continue doing this 4 to 5 times a day.
  • Another effective way to cure a person with bone spur would be to give him 500 to 1000 mg of curcumin (the yellow pigment of turmeric), 3 to 4 times a day, on an empty stomach.
  • If there is pain, apply flaxseed hot pack to the affected area. Take a thick cloth and put heated flaxseed in it. Apply on the affected area and let it be there as long as it remains hot.
  • Soak cheese cloth in warm linseed oil. Apply the cloth on the affected area. Cover it with plastic and keep a heating pad on the plastic covering for 2 hours.
  • Indulging in alternate cold and hot water bath, for the affected area, would be effective in treating bone spur.
  • Bathe the joints with chamomile tea. Take a cup of boiling water and steep 2-3 tsp fresh or dried chamomile flowers in it. Strain the decoction and cool it down. Use it to bathe the painful joints.

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