Bone spurs on the vertebrae can be considered one of the signs of spinal osteoarthritic changes and can develop with age. The speed of their formation and their severity varies based on the pressures exerted on the spinal column. Some diseases and genetic predispositions play a role in the development of these bone spurs. These bone spurs, by themselves, are not painful, but they can lead to the creation of symptoms and complications by exerting pressure on adjacent structures.
Some of the symptoms of bone spurs include:
– Joint stiffness and painful limitation of motion in the neck, back, or lower back.
– Pressure on nerve roots leading to radiating pain in the hands, legs, or other parts of the body.
– Pressure on the spinal cord, causing various symptoms such as nerve impingement, and in severe cases, sensory and motor deficits, and dysfunction of bladder and bowel sphincters.
Depending on their location and size, these bone spurs can cause various other symptoms as well. Lifestyle adjustments, maintaining spinal health, and strengthening the muscles around the spine play a crucial role in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis and spinal bone spurs.
If you are experiencing spinal pain or discomfort in your limbs, please visit our clinic for examination and treatment.