Treatment for bone spurs in the neck is not always necessary. Many people who develop cervical bone spurs, or osteophytes, associated with osteoarthritis never realize they have them, because symptoms only develop if the excess bony growths begin to compress or irritate a nerve root. However, when nerve compression does occur within the cervical spine, symptoms such as chronic neck pain can be debilitating, and it’s time to consider your treatment options.
Most of the time, conservative treatment is enough to help a patient manage the pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness that is associated with an impinged nerve root caused by bone spurs in the cervical spine. Treatments like physical therapy, pain medicine, exercise, rest and other conservative methods generally are enough to find neck pain relief and the symptoms will eventually fade on their own.
Sometimes, though, not even weeks or months of conservative treatment can help you find relief from neck pain. If chronic pain persists, or motor function continues to diminish despite non-surgical treatment for bone spurs in the neck, a doctor might present surgery as an option. Traditional surgery to treat cervical bone spurs has involved the removal of a large portion of the vertebral bone, as well as the implantation of metal rods and screws to stabilize the spine through fusion. These procedures can be performed through the back or front of the neck and generally involve a long hospital stay and lengthy recuperation.
There is an alternative for many patients. Laser Spine Institute (LSI) can help you rediscover a life without pain through the use of gentle, endoscopic techniques designed to remove only as much bone or disc tissue as is necessary to decompress the impinged nerve root. Contact LSI to learn more about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, or for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.