BONE SPUR Bone spur, or technically, Osteophytes is an extra bone that grows on the normal bone. In medical jargon bone spur is known as osteophytes. It occurs on the joints especially on the joints of the spine, feet, shoulders, hips, hands and knees. Bone spur itself does not cause any pain but it can cause pain when it rubs against other bones and nerves around it. Bone spur is quite common among people above 60 years of age and is an indication of spine degeneration.
Symptoms for Bone spur
Most common symptoms are back and neck pains. The patient may sense mild pains in the neck and lower back while standing or walking. Bone spur that developed in the cervical spine will cause shoulder pain and headaches. It is developed in the lumbar spine, it will affect the thighs. This disease compressed the nerves which causes stinging pain in the arms and legs. It will also make the body weak and numb.
Pain in back and neck
Back pain and neck pain are the most common symptoms of bone spur. Patients could experience mild pain in the neck and the lower back while standing and walking.
Pain in shoulders
If bone spur is developed in the cervical spine then the patient will experience pain in the shoulders and headache in some cases.
Pain in thigh,arms and legs
Patient will experience pain in thigh if bone spur is developed in lumbar spine. Numbness, tingling, progressive weakness and pain in arms and legs are some other symptoms of bone spur due to compression of the nerves.
Causes for Bone spur
Bone spur acts as end result to osteoarthritis. As the body’s breaks down the cartilage in the joints, new bones surfaces to replace the damaged one. Bone spurs forms naturally as a person ages. The body naturally creates extra bones to provide stability to their aging joints. It acts to determine other types of diseases such as spondylosis, plantar fasciitis, spondylosis and spinal stenosis. Malnutrition, unhealthy lifestyle, accidents and sport injuries are some of the factors that lead to bone spur.
Bone spur causes
Bone spur is mainly found in people suffering from osteoarthritis. Body of an osteoarthritis patient always attempts to cover up the loss done by osteoarthritis by breaking down the cartilage in bone joints. To cover up this loss, the body creates new bones along the affected bones. In the elderly, the reason for bone spur is that their body creates extra bone to provide stability to their aging joints. Bone spur is also a symptom of diseases like spondylosis, plantar fasciitis, spondylosis and spinal stenosis. Nutrition, lifestyle, accidents and sport injuries are some factors that can accelerate bone spur.
Home Remedies for Bone spur
Remedy for inflammation
First step for treating bone spur through home remedies is to reduce inflammation. Apply an ice pack to the inflamed area 4 to 5 times in a day. This will help to reduce the inflammation. If the problem is more severe then apply heating pad on the inflamed area.
Use Curcumin and flaxseed
Curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric is effective in treating bone spur. Take 500 to 1000 mg of curcumin 3 to 4 times a day on an empty stomach. Try this remedy daily for about 6 weeks. To relieve pain, apply flaxseed hot pack to the affected area. Take alternate hot and cold foot baths.
Use cheese cloth
Dip a piece of cheese cloth in warm linseed oil and keep the cloth on the affected area. Cover the cloth with plastic and keep a heating pad on the plastic for 2 hours.
Diet for Bone spur
Bone spur diet
There is no particular diet to be followed for bone spur.
Suggestions for Bone spur
Take restStrenuous activity aggravates the pain. It is advisable to take rest to ease the pain. Avoid wearing flat shoes.