Bone spurs on the neck are the result of the growth of bone on one or more of the vertebrae in the cervical spine, according to Spine-Health. Known as osteophytes, these smooth bony growths often occur with aging and are more common in people over age 60.
A bone spur in the neck has multiple causes, the most common of which is cervical osteoarthritis, states Spine-health. Other causes include poor posture, traumatic injury and other types of arthritis.
If bone spurs are causing discomfort, physicians may recommend pain relievers found over-the-counter, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Extreme pain or limited range of motion due to bone spurs may require surgical removal.
Bone spurs are removed by surgery to increase joint function and to relieve pain and pressure of the nerves, according to eMedicineHealth. The removal of bone spurs is done in conjunction with other surgeries such as a ligament release in the foot, spinal surgery or hip...
Hip bone spur surgery is a surgical procedure where physicians open the hip joint by making incisions and clean out the bone spurs and loose bodies in the hip, explains the Hospital for Special Surgery. Surgeons insert instruments to shave off tissue and remove bone spu...
Cheilectomy, arthrodesis and arthroplasty are three types of surgery for bone spurs on the top of the foot, explains OrthoInfo. Doctors offer these options if nonsurgical treatments, such as application of ice, use of anti-inflammatory medications and change of footwear...
Laser surgery can be used to treat and remove bone spurs, reports the Laser Spine Institute, which uses both foraminotomy and laminotomy procedures to remove spurs. Both outpatient procedures are minimally invasive and offer short recovery times.