Bone Spurs (osteophyte) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:31

 

bone_spurs1Bone spurs, or osteophytes are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen on people with arthritis. Bone spurs limits the motion of the joint and causes stiffness and pain to the affected joint.
Bone spurs is the body's natural way to increase the surface area of the joint to distribute weight across a joint surface that has been damages by arthritis or other conditions like bursitis and tendonitis.
Bone spurs themselves are not problematic, but they are a signal of an underlying problem that often needs to be addressed. Bone spurs are often documented to help assess the severity of a condition such as arthritis.
Bone spurs can be treated by anti inflamatory medicines, steroid injections or joint replacement surgery if the underlying conditions gets very severe.
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