What Is A Bone Spur (Osteoarthritis)?
A bone spur (osteophyte or osteoarthritis) is a bony overgrowth or projection that results from premature wear and tear or injuries. Bone spurs or osteophytes are commonly found along the edges of joints or bones. They can be found in any joint, including the joints of your hands, feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, or spine. In most cases, they are asymptomatic, meaning they may not cause pain, except if the spur is in the heel bone.
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. The bone spur that forms at the bottom of the heel (heel spur) can be quite sharp as a nail and cause pain when the heel strikes the floor. In most cases, the cause of pain, related to a bone spur or an osteophyte, results from frictions or irritations it produces on the nearby tissues of a bone or joint. In the spine, bone spurs can irritate the soft tissues as well as the spinal nerves. As such, spinal bone spurs are more critical in comparison to spurs in other joints or bones.
What Causes An Osteophyte?
A spur is the result of joint damage. The joint damage results from soft tissue damage leading to loss of motion, stiffness, and pain. We 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. Spurs are typical or even somewhat normal as we age; their rapid progression isn’t. Please read this section carefully, as it will help you avoid stresses known to cause osteophytes or osteoarthritis (OA or bone spurs).
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 joints or soft tissue, and joint capsule irritation that lasts for an extended period. Spurs in the shoulder can cause significant shoulder pain and even lead to a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis. Call us today and get the best and most holistic frozen shoulder treatment in Malaysia. Best of all, the frozen shoulder treatment at our centers is non-surgical. In short, you get to recover without injections or shoulder surgery.
Bones Spurs & Cartilage
Cartilage is the slippery surface on the 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 tendons and bursae. The synovium produces 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 bone spurs’ development. Therefore, bone spurs’ development is closely related to aging and, more importantly, to the stresses we subject to 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. 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 the 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 a joint’s connection soft tissues. These calcific deposits are the culprits in the formation of spurs, osteophytes, or osteoarthritis (OA). With joint damage and the eventual swelling, bone spurs form 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 joints. 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 strain the knees, hips, ankles, heels, and toes. Other common risk factors for Spurs include obesity or poorly fitting shoes. A severely obese individual has significantly higher risk factors in the development of spurs. But as mentioned, the most common risk factors are repetitive activities.
Bone Spurs Of The Spine
Spinal bone spurs are named osteophytes. Spinal bone spurs are the results of wear and tear of the spinal joint (facet). Ligaments surround facets or spinal joints. Exessive stress and chronic inflammation of the ligaments or facet (spinal joints) are the leading causes of spinal bone spurs. Damage and swelling (inflation) of the facet ligaments or facet joints leads to facet hypertrophy. Facet hypertrophy is treatable without surgery or injections.
Spinal bone spurs also occur along the edges of the vertebral bodies. The vertebral body is a major weight-bearing structure. Each spinal segment (vertebrae) is interconnected through the spinal discs and spinal ligaments. Chronic stress, acute injuries, or inflammatory processes cause bone spurs to appear along the vertebral bodies’ edges. Both the facet spurs and vertebral body spurs are dangerous as they compress the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Bone spurs are classified based on the spinal region:
- Cervical osteophytes (spurs in the neck)
- Thoracic osteophytes (spurs in the upper and mid-back)
- Lumbar osteophytes (spurs in the lower back)
- Sacral osteophytes (spurs in the tailbone)
- Coccygeal osteophytes (spurs at the tip of the tailbone or coccyx bone)
Spinal osteophytes are most common in the neck (cervical) and lumbar segments (low back). Thoracic osteophytes and sacral osteophytes are rare. The coccyx is also a common site of bone spurs. As is the case in joints, spinal bone spurs result from premature wear and tear. If you have had one or more whiplash injuries or slip-and-falls, your risks of having spinal bone spurs are relatively higher than average. Spinal osteophytes do progress as you get older. In other words, once an osteophyte forms along the edges of your spinal bones or spinal joints, they continuously worsen! In time, it will lead to decreased mobility and increase stiffness, discomfort, and pain.
Symptoms of spinal bone spurs vary. The size of the spur and its’ location are the primary factors in the severity of symptoms. Larger spurs and those near spinal joints or spinal canal tend to cause more dramatic symptoms. Spurs the project from spinal joints or into the spinal canal can result in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness sensations in the arms or legs. As such, we encourage all visitors to our site to heed the warning by initiating a focused treatment program that repairs the damage that led to spinal bone spurs.
What Is The Best Treatment For Spinal Osteophytes?
A good rule of thumb for spine care is to always opt for non-invasive treatment. Spinal bone spurs are common. Injections and surgery, cervical osteophytes, or lumbar osteophytes have high failure rates—spinal injections (epidural injections or corticosteroid injections will do you more harm than good. New research published in the Journal of Radiology reported severe and adverse reactions to steroid injections. The eye-opening research was so crucial that CNN news channel in the United States featured it on their network as a public advisory warning. Spinal injections can result in infections, paralysis, and even death. So, before opting for an invasive bone spur treatment, look into non-surgical therapies.
Our center has been treating spine and joint disorders, injuries, and pains for over 15-years. We have successfully treated over 15,000 spine and joint patients. The vast majority of these patients suffered from bone spurs and associated or co-conditions. Treatment for osteophytes or spurs at our center is through our corrective chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists’ collaborative efforts. In addition to our interdisciplinary methods, we use breakthrough devices such as the RxDecom®, FD-3000™, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), as well as several other devices. Call us now to learn about the best back pain treatment in Kuala Lumpur.
What Is The Connection Between The Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spur?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain. The plantar fascia is the long ligament on the bottom of the foot. The 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, the elderly, athletes alike. 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 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 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. 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.
Achilles Heel Pain & Heel Spurs
The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is a condition marked by inflammation (swelling) of the Achilles tendon. Chronic stress or irritation of the Achilles tendon is the primary cause of Achilles heel spur. Both Achilles tendonitis and Achilles heel spur are the leading causes of pain ar the back of the heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. Achilles heel pain is easily treatable through our advanced methodology of chiropractic, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation combined.
Can You Get Osteophytes (Bone Spurs) In The Shoulder?
The shoulder is a frequent site for bone spurs. A healthy shoulder joint has the most dynamic range of motion. The shoulder joint range of its motions exceeds that of other joints in the body. The shoulder joint’s increased range of motion is due to its shallow nature.
The shoulder joint is not deep and, as such, requires higher numbers and stronger sot tissues for stability. The shoulder is the most ligament-encapsulated joint in the human body. Repetitive traumatic events are a primary factor in shoulder joint damage and degeneration. Once the bony surfaces of a joint are damaged, it causes spurs and painful symptoms in the shoulder. Shoulder pain caused by 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 tissue wears-out with time. Degenerative changes are common. 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. Contact Chiropractic Specialty Center® now for the best shoulder pain treatment in Kuala Lumpur today
Osteophytes Represent An Enlargement Of The Bony Edges of Joints
For the spine, osteophytes are radiographic markers of bone spurs or spinal degeneration (aging). Bone spurs in the spine and joints are a 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 daily with bone spurs in their necks, as seen with cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis is a neck disorder that results from damage to joints and the 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 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 is better than others. If you have a bone spur in joints or spine, call or visit one of 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 Osteophytes Are Common & 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. 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. The spur in the knee results from wear and tear and not a-lack-of anti-inflammatory medication or injectables.
Our treatment programs for injured and painful knees target 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 the primary means of knee bone spur treatment. We utilize specialized therapeutic devices for knee spurs (bone spurs at knee joint). Shockwave therapy, ultrasound, High-Intensity Laser Therapy, electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercises through Spinercise®, and, of course, our chiropractic treatment for the knee. In short, the care we provide the best physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment for bone spurs in the spine, knees, shoulders, foot, or hips. Call our center today and get the most comprehensive treatment program for a bone spur in Malaysia.
Accurate Physical Examination, Medical history & Assessments Are Needed Component For Targeted Treatments To Fix & Repair A Bone Spur.
Fixing and repairing spurs is not easy. It would help if you had 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 central 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 are necessary 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 Spurs, Osteophytes, Or Osteoarthritis (OA)?
Conservative treatments are the best means of care for osteophytes, osteoarthritis, and bone spurs. 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 therapy we provide 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) are without doubt heads and shoulders above the rest. The level of expertise our team offers through physical therapy, clinical chiropractic, and advanced technology do more than get rid of the pain. We can correct and reverse spurs in shoulders,s heels, and knees. We have the Best Chiropractors. 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, offer the best and most advanced conservative bone spur treatment.
Shockwave therapy, if performed properly can break down the abnormal bony enlargements in shoulders, knees, and heels.
Are 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 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 physiotherapist renders 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 chiropractic treatment method, 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 program treats the bone spur’s cause, thus creating stability and improving function at the affected joint.