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Bone Spurs

“A very common source of pain that can be simply treated without  surgery in their early stages.”

Bone spurs are projections of bone that form along the edges of joints or tendons Bone spurs can form in most joints including the shoulders, hips, knees and the spine and are also known as osteophytes. Bone spurs develop from wear-and-tear damage of the joint which causes joint instability. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cushion of your joints called cartilage, your body attempts to decrease the pressure by creating bone spurs. In tendons if there is damage the bony replaces the tendon tissue with bone, creating a bone spur. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and usually go undetected. X-rays will show bone spurs and may not require treatment. In rare instances, treatment is required. Treatment depends on the location of the spurs and how they create discomfort. In severe cases, bone spurs can cause pain and decreased motion in your joints.

Why your bone spur hurts?

Bone spurs hurt when they pinch or rub against tissues causing inflammation. If they are large enough, they can be felt under the skin.


Pain due to bone spurs may vary from mild to severe. Symptoms may be experienced suddenly or gradually and may also include pain, numbness, weakness and swelling.
If you are experiencing pain or weakness in a joint you could be suffering from bone spurs. Our expert doctors at Spine & Sports Medicine of New York use their expertise to accurately diagnose the cause of your bone spurs.

Other diseases that can mimic bone spurs include:

• Muscle spasms
• Poor posture
• Osteoarthritis
• Nerve damage

Our Board-Certified Physicians Can Accurately Diagnose the Source of Your Pain

We conduct a thorough clinical evaluation to determine if the pain is generated from bone spurs as well as other conditions that share similar symptoms. We begin our evaluation of your problem with a complete medical history using detailed information gathering tools followed by a focused physical examination. We then confirm our diagnosis with specialized testswhich may include x-rays, CT, electrodiagnostic (EMG) studies, ultrasonography, or MRI.

“Surgery is often not needed to relieve your pain due to bone spurs”


Initial treatment is directed toward decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury when possible. Bone spurs that limit your range of motion or press on nerves may require innovative non-surgical procedures such as image-guided barbotage or resection.

Here’s what you can expect if one of our pain specialists treats your pain:

• Relief of pain to get you back to living.
• Several treatment options available to target the root of the problem
• May be accompanied by physical therapy to stretch and strengthen
affected joints
• Ultrasound or fluoroscopic (x-ray) guided procedures can be very
precise in accurately diagnosing and treating the bone spur
• No general anesthesia, surgery or prolonged recovery periods to slow
you down from your busy schedule
• Thousands of patients have been helped by our innovative approach to
pain due to bone spurs.

This is a shoulder x-ray which demonstrates a bone spur of the supraspinatus muscle tendon (red circle).

This is a shoulder x-ray which demonstrates a bone spur of the supraspinatus muscle tendon (red circle).



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Andre is very knowledgeable and did a thorough investigation of the issue. He is a great communicator and described the diagnoses and next steps clearly.

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