What are Bone Spurs?
Also known as Osteophyte or, more accurately, Osteochondrophytes
A bone spur is generally explained as a bony bulge or protrusion that forms along the edge of another bone.
These bulges or protrusions will customarily form in the joints of the body. They can be prevalent in ankles, hands, shoulders, knees, hips and even in all regions of the spinal vertebrae. Bone spurs are a very familiar finding among the over-60 population, not to say that younger adults don’t have them also, because younger age sets are also diagnosed with bone spurs. However, these growths occur over a long period of time, therefore, the older you are, the more time they have had to form.
Some Factors that contribute to bone spur growth in the spinal region are:
- Disc and Joint Degeneration
- Injuries, this could be auto accidents, sports-related trauma, or other accidents
- Poor posture
- Problems in the spinal structure that a person is born with
- An additional diagnosis of arthritis, osteoarthritis and/or spinal stenosis