What are Bone Spurs?
A bone spur, also know as osteophyte, is a projection of a bone (bony projection) that develops and grows along the edge of joints. They are fairly common in people over the age of 60. It is not the bone spur itself that is the real problem, but the pain and inflammation which begins to occur when the bone spurs rub against nerves and bones.
Bone Spurs of the Spine
Bone spurs can affect several parts of the body. However, the most common parts affected are the neck (cervical spine), low back (lumbar spine), shoulder, hip, knee, and heel. There are a number of common spinal conditions related to the development of a spinal bone spur such as osteoarthritis, cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, and spinal stenosis.