What is a Bone Spur (Osteoarthritis OA)?
A bone spur (osteophyte or osteoarthritis) is a bony growth formed on a bone that causes loss of motion, stiffness, and pain. The term bone spur has misled most into thinking that it is a sharp or knife-like projection. Contrary to the common belief, most bone spurs are smooth. But, the bone spur that forms at the bottom of the heel (heel spur) can be quite sharp like a nail, and cause pain when the heel strikes the floor. The cause of pain in spurs or osteophytes is the friction it produces as it moves or rubs on to soft tissues or other bony surfaces. Osteophytes (spur) can compress and irritated soft tissue structures like tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Also, they are well known for compression of nerves that exit the neck, upper back, mid back or the low back.
Typically affected joint are numerous. In other words, wherever there is a bone or a joint, an osteophyte or bone spur can form. A spur is the result of joint damage. And the joint damage is the result of soft tissue damage leading to loss of motion, stiffness, and pain. Hope we didn’t confuse anyone. Although spurs can occur on any joint surface, some joints are more suitable. The most commonly affected joints include the spine, shoulders, hands, buttocks, knees, heels, elbows, and toes.
What Causes an Osteophyte or Spur?
In this section, we will cover issues leading to the development of bone spurs in joints. Having a better understanding of the common culprits leading to the development of osteophytes (spurs) can help prevent worsening of your spur. While Spurs are typical or even somewhat normal as we age, their rapid progression isn’t. Read this section carefully as it will help you avoid stresses that are known to leading the development of osteophytes or osteoarthritis (OA).
An Osteophyte or bone spur forms as the body attempts to fix itself by building extra bone. It typically forms in reaction to stress on cartilage, rubbing together of joints, or soft tissue and joint capsule irritation that lasts for an extended period.
Cartilage is the slippery surface of joints. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones within joints. Excessive stress on joints can break down and cause degenerative changes in your cartilage. Synovium is the tissue that gives the cartilage and joints a slippery surface. The synovial membrane or the synovium is the protective soft tissue that lines the joint surfaces, covering or housing of tendons and bursae. The synovium produces the synovial fluids. And synovial fluids provide the protection and essential nutrients your joints need for sustenance and repair.
The process of aging or repetitive trauma can cause problems or damage in the synovium, leading to the development of bone spurs. Therefore, development of bone spurs is closely related not just to aging, but more importantly to the stresses we subject our bodies in daily life and ultimately reduces the joint range of motion, causes symptoms such as stiffness and pain.
How Joint Damage Causes Symptoms?
Joint damage is the most common cause of joint pain. Therefore, whenever you experience pain, the damaged joint or joints are the leading causes of your symptoms. So, let’s explore how joint damage causes symptoms?
As mentioned earlier, aging and repetitive traumatic events wear the cartilage and the synovium. A worn out cartilage or degenerated synovial membrane will lead to joint damage with far-reaching consequences: causes symptoms of varying degrees that includes loss in joint’s range of motion. These degenerative changes will in-time, can cause problems with joint cushioning, circulation and nutrition. As time pass, the joint swells or becomes inflamed; leading to the development of spurs. In its attempt to subdue the impact of irritation the body may deposit respective amounts of calcium in the connection soft tissues of a joint. These calcific deposits are the culprits in the formation of spurs, osteophytes or osteoarthritis (OA). With joint damage and the eventual swelling, bone spurs forms along the joint or over a joint’s edges.
Bone spurs due to repetitive trauma or aging are particularly prevalent in the weight-bearing joints of the spine and toes. Bone spurs can also form in the feet (heels) in reaction to tight ligaments or soft tissues. The most common cause of heel spur is tight plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are almost interchangeable terms. In other words, they are similar to the chick and the egg analogy. Activities such as running, speed walking, dancing and repetitive jumping will put a strain on the knees, hips, ankles, heels, and toes. Another common risk factors for Spurs include obesity or poorly fitting shoes. A severely obese individual have significantly higher risk factors in the development of spurs. But as mentioned, the most common risk factors are the repetitive activities.
What is the Connection between the Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur?
The plantar fascia is the long ligament on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fascia may become stressed or tight and pull on the bone, causing the ligament to become inflamed (plantar fasciitis). Since the bone attempts to fix itself, a bone spur can form on the bottom of the heel (called a “heel spur”). The pressure at the rear of the heel from frequently wearing shoes, which are too tight, can cause a bone spur on the back of the heel. This is sometimes called a “pump bump,” because it’s often seen in women who wear high heels.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in obese individuals, elderly, athletes alike. In fact, it is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is inflamed. Common causes of inflamed plantar fasciitis are dropped foot arches, repetitive trauma, and of course bone spurs.
The plantar fascia is not a ligament or a muscle. It is best defined as an aponeurosis. An aponeurosis is a soft tissue that is flat in appearance that connects a muscle with the part or structures required for movement or mobility. In other words, your plantar fascia is more like a ribbon-like with expansible abilities that similar to a spring. So, during walking is expands as your foot strikes the ground and retracts the moment you lift your foot up. The continued contractions and expansions are well tolerated. However, in an obese individual, the elderly or the athlete who pushes too hard; the expansions and contraction can lead to damage and eventual spurs.
Can you get Osteophytes or Spurs in the Shoulder?
The shoulder is a frequent site for bone spurs. A healthy shoulder joint has the most dynamic range of motion. In fact, shoulder joint range of its motions exceeds that of other joints in the body. Shoulder joint’s increased range of motion is due to its shallow nature.
The shoulder joint is not a deep joint and as such requires higher numbers and stronger sot tissues for stability. In fact, the shoulder is the most ligament-encapsulated joint in the human body. With repetitive traumatic events and advancing of age, the shoulder joint along with its soft tissues can cause degenerative and lead to joint damage. Once the bony surfaces of a joint are damaged, it leads to spurs and causes symptoms in the shoulder. Shoulder pain caused by an osteophyte or osteoarthritis (OA) is common.
The man causes symptoms in patients with a shoulder spur are the constant or frequent rubbing of soft tissues against spurs formed. Shoulder soft tissues wear in time. Degenerative changes are common in any tissue. Normal wear and tear is an unformatted fact of life. But shoulder pain in the young of middle age and even the elderly are on the rise. The common denominator leading to the development of shoulder pain is bone spurs.
The muscles that allow you to lift and rotate your arm (called the rotator cuff) start at your shoulder blade and are attached to your upper arm with tendons. Some of these tendons move through the narrow openings at the top of your shoulders. With danged shoulder joint and bone spurs, these tendons are impinged or rubbed on the spurs. Bone spur compression of shoulder soft tissues is the leading cause of shoulder impingement syndromes
Bone spurs in the Spine or Osteophytes represent an enlargement of the bony structure in the spine or joints.
For the spine, osteophytes are radiographic markers of bone spurs or spinal degeneration (aging). Bone spurs in the spine and joints are common finding as we age. Over the age of 60, bone spurs are quite common. So, spurs are the results of wear and tear and occur naturally over the long haul. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles have caused much stress on our musculoskeletal system. Nowadays, we see young adults in their 20‘s or 30‘s with moderate to severe bone spurs. What happened here is that they damaged and stressed their joints excessively. As a result, the damaged part aged at a much faster rate.
In our centers, we see patients on a daily basis that have bone spurs in their necks as seen with cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis is a neck disorder that results from damage to joints and spinal disc. Often, patients with cervical spondylosis have varying degrees of bone spurs or osteophytes. Spurs are also common in the low back, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Regardless of the involved site, we can help. Avoid the useless steroid injections, harmful medication or risk surgical interventions, by opting for our conservative treatment options.
Spine patients that present with bone spurs also have spinal disc issues. The most common spinal disc issue is a slipped disc or slip-disc. Regardless of the cause, be it a slip-disc, bone spur or spondylosis; the treatment you get from our experts are better than others. If you have a bone spur in joints or spine, call or visit one our centers today. Our bone spur treatment in Malaysia will get you out of pain and back in the saddle in no time at all!
Knee Bone Spur is all too common and treatable without surgery.
Far too many are told they need surgery for their knee bone spur. As mentioned earlier, a spur is a type of arthritis. Spurs or arthritis in the knee can cause significant pain. At times the pain may become excruciating. Patients with severe pain often opt for knee surgery without seeking conservative care. Just because the pain is severe, it doesn’t mean you should opt for surgery. In fact, knee surgery has a high failure rate and as such should be your last option. Some are talked into getting injections. Steroid injections or other anti-inflammatory meds or chemicals are either injected or prescribed as knee bone spur treatment of choice by many doctors. Spur in the knee is the result of wear and tear and not a lack of the anti-inflammatory medication or injectables.
Our knee bone spur treatment program targets the damaged tissue holistically. Just because you have a bone spur in the knees doesn’t mean you need surgery. Conservative treatment is advised as primary means of knee bone spur treatment. In our centers, we utilize specialized therapeutic devices for knee spurs (bone spurs at knee joint). Shockwave therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercises through the SPinercise® and of course our chiropractic treatment for the knee. In short, the care we can provide for knee bone spur is better and most comprehensive when compared to others in Malaysia.
Accurate Physical Examination, Medical history, and Assessments of Spurs are Needed Component for Targeted Treatments to Fix or Repair Spur
Fixing and repairing of spurs is not easy. You need an expert team with advanced non-surgical technology and research-based clinical methods. In short, you need us. We are the experts for better and faster recovery from pain and injuries.
Your medical history can provide an in-depth understanding, and as such, it is the main area of focus during your physical exam. Aside from medical history, our doctor will perform a series of orthopedic tests. These tests, your past medical history, and other relative information can help us identify the cause of your spur. We may need additional diagnostic testing. Diagnostic tests through x-rays, CT scans, and MRI is needed at times. Our doctor will notify you if there is a need for CT scans, MRI or X-rays. CT scan is the best modality for assessing the spur. However, radiation exposure makes this less favorable than the MRI. Resort assured you are in good hands with our teams. We will go over every aspect of your diagnosis and treatments. Visit or call our center today. We can help.
What is the Best Treatment for Bone Spur, Osteophytes or Osteoarthritis (OA)?
Conservative treatments are best means of care for osteophytes, osteoarthritis and bone spurs. Yes, some surgeons recommend surgical interventions, but you don’t have to get surgery to feel better. Bone spur surgery, steroid injection and prescription medication usage are at an all-time high for spurs. Our centers have been treating spurs for a long time. Bone spur treatment by our physical therapists and Doctors of Chiropractic is second to none. Our heel spur correction can even offer repair and reversal. And the treatment we offer for neck spurs or cervical spondylosis is better targeted than any other clinic or hospital that offers physical therapy or chiropractic.
Non-Surgical Bone Spur Treatments by our Clinical Non-Operative Team of Chiropractors and Physical Therapists (Physiotherapists) is without doubt heads and shoulder above the rest. In fact, the level of expertise our team offers through physical therapy, clinical chiropractic care, and advanced technology do more than get rid of the pain. We can correct and reverse spurs in shoulder,s heels, and knees. We have the Best Chiropractors in Malaysia. Best of all, the care they provide is further improved by the best o clinical physical therapists in Kuala Lumpur. And our therapy devices such as Shockwave therapy as well as other devices offer the best and most advanced conservative bone spur treatment.
Shockwave therapy, if performed properly can break down the bone spur in shoulders, knees, and heels.
Are Spur Treatments Painful?
If you get steroid injections or surgery for your spur, yes they will be painful. But, our motto is no pain more gain. So, with our system, there is no pain! However, if you experience any pain or discomfort during a therapy session or when we provide you Shockwave Therapy, please do inform us. You don‘t have to hurt more to get better! It is insane but may go through lots of pain, either at their chiropractic office, physiotherapy, physical therapy or other forms of traditional and non-traditional caregivers. Bone spur treatments can be painful when a poorly trained chiropractor or physiotherapists render the care. Some are told to live with the pain, while others are encouraged to have surgical intervention.
However, in our centers, we recommend the non-surgical method of chiropractic treatments; targeting the offending joint and all of its associated structures. By doing so, we bring about positive changes that improve joint function and mobility. Best of all, the bone spur treatments you get from the Best Physical Therapists (Physiotherapists) and Chiropractors will enable you to live a healthy active life. Our bone spur treatment treats the cause of the bone spur, thus creating stability and improving function at the affected joint.