Some non-surgical methods used to treat a bone spur in the shoulder are rest, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. A shoulder bone spur, which is a bony overgrowth, can lead to impingement on the rotator cuff, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This can cause symptoms such as pain, inflammation, limited arm movement, tenderness and irritation in the tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff, states Cleveland Clinic.
People with shoulder impingement syndrome can find it difficult to raise things overhead due to these symptoms, and some non-surgical treatments may be helpful. The first treatment method may be to ask a patient to rest his arm or not do any type of activity that aggravates the condition. If there is swelling in the tendons, then anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may be a treatment option. Shoulder pain may also be relieved with physical therapy that focuses on different types of stretching exercises. When these options are ineffective, then steroid injections are the next course of treatment, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
When these treatments fail to relieve the symptoms of shoulder impingement on the rotator cuff, then surgery may be recommended. Surgery is also possible when bone spurs are large and lead to a tear in the rotator cuff. Shoulder arthroscopy is one technique used for the removal of the bone spur and repair of the rotator cuff if it is damaged.