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Spinal Bone Spurs

Spinal bone spurs are a common result of degeneration in the spine due to aging or osteoarthritis. Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are often a sign of another disease process in the body. Bone spur formation occurs in the body's attempt to increase the surface area of the joint for better weight distribution. This is typical in the case of a joint surface that is damaged by arthritis.

While many bone spurs may develop without any significant symptoms, those located within the spinal canal often create severe pain. The growth of bone spurs into the spine where the nerve roots travel often results in compressing the nerve root of the affected spinal level. When the nerve root is compressed, symptoms such as radiating pain, lower back pain, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and other discomfort may be present.

Repair for Spinal Bone Spurs
The loss of flexibility is a major complaint of patients with spinal bone spurs. Flexibility is compromised when a portion of the bone spur breaks off and lodges inside the joint. Joint pain occurs as the spurs rub against the nerve endings. In this case, spinal surgery is necessary to remove any bone spurs from the affected joint.

At The Bonati Institute, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is available as an alternative to traditional open spine surgery. All Bonati Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The success rate is so high--more than 90 percent, compared with the 50 percent rate of success of open back surgeries--that many patients report immediate pain relief. The professional staff at The Bonati Institute is highly skilled and trained in the latest micro-surgery techniques.


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