Bone spurs in the shoulder may cause discomfort upon movement of the arms and shoulders due to the growths pinching the nearby tissues, as explained by CaringMedical.com. If left untreated, bone spurs in the shoulder can both grow in size and lead to significant pain.
Bone spurs that develop in the shoulder area and pinch the rotator cuff tendons may also cause inflammation and weakness of the shoulder, explains WebMD.com. In certain cases, the rotator cuff tendon may also become torn or stiffened. Bone spurs in the shoulder are common in individuals such as athletes or laborers who use their shoulders repetitively and extend their arms over their heads.
Individuals with shoulder bone spurs may find relief by taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as reported by MayoClinic.org. In certain cases, doctors recommend surgery for bone spurs that hinder range of motion.
Bone spurs in the shoulders are believed to develop due to continual friction between the shoulder rotator cuff tendons, the shoulder blades and the glenohumeral joint located at the top of the shoulder, explains MDGuidelines.com. This repeated action leads to inflammation, which in turn causes a bone spur to form in response to the trauma.