Bone Spurs

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. They typically form in response to stress, pressure, or friction on the bone over time. While they can occur in any bone, they are most commonly found in joints such as the spine, knees, hips, shoulders, and hands. Bone spurs themselves often do not cause symptoms, but they can lead to pain and restricted movement if they press on nearby tissues or nerves.

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Removing Hip Bone Spurs in Hip Impingement Surgery No Better Than Doing Nothing

Hip impingement as a diagnosis freaks people out. They can envision that bone spurs on their hips are wearing away cartilage with every single move. It’s a horrifying idea. This is despite many studies showing that loads of patients without hip pain have all sorts of MRI findings that a surgeon would operate on if…read more

Are Bone Spurs Bad? Bone Is Alllllliiiiivvvveeee…

Are bone spurs bad? Bone spurs inspire fear in the hearts and minds of most patients, kind of like The Blob from a bad ’60s horror movie. When they hear that they have them, they’re immediately freaked out. However, much like the title of Stanley Kubrick’s ’60s movie, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to…read more

Bone Spur Pain – Why Relief May Be Simpler Than You Think

A patient who recently read my post about why you should avoid surgical hip bone spur removal, asked a question about the x-ray above. She has a number of symptoms and her doctors have told her that this picture explains why she hurts. Does this image really show that, or are these bone spurs a symptom…read more

Hip Bone Spur Removal – Why You Should Avoid It

I had a patient this week ask me about hip bone spur removal. He had been told by a hip surgeon that this bone spur was causing hip impingement and he would either need to “get this fixed now” or “wait for a hip replacement”. Was this accurate, or was his surgeon confusing the egg for…read more

Shoulder Surgery Bone Spur Removal Causes Problems

I commonly see patients with chronic shoulder pain who have undergone a shoulder surgery bone spur removal to “open up” the shoulder. Known as distal clavicular resection, it’s one of the most commonly performed shoulder surgeries with rotator cuff repair. New research now shows that the surgery doesn’t help and leads to more shoulder instability…read more

Getting Rid of a Bone Spur with a Needle

A doctor discusses a new way to remove bone spurs in the ankle without the need for surgery.
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