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Bone Spurs

lcarpenterlcarpenter Posts: 119
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Lower Back Pain
Does anyone know the treatment options for bone spurs pressing on exiting nerves in the lumbar spine? Is surgery an option? My son has been diagnosed with bone spurs at L5-S1 and is in a lot of constant pain that has really taken a tole on his life. He is only 18 and several doctors have told us that they WOULD NOT ever do surgery on an 18-yr-old. Any information would be appreciated?


  • I have severe cervical bone spurs after continuing pain has dibilatated my life also. It started after arm/neck pain and having two anterior cervical fusions. The dr said it looks like i have the neck(cervical curve) of a 65 yr old man, but I'm only 28 (started having these issues at 25). Have never wanted to have surgery either, but the pain got to be so intense that i had no other option if I wanted to go on living like this. Dr today said to see rhumetologist for spurs. Hope this helps and if there is anything i learn i will share with you. Hope your son gets the help he needs.
  • I had spurs in my neck as well before i had my operation. My therapist while doing some traction would also be manipulating my spine i could hear the grinding of the spurs but he said he had to get passed them to help my disc. somehow it wore them down because when i had the operation done the surgeon said he had to pick out pieces of spurs. Not a nice way to get rid of them but it helped in the long run.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    has would probably determine the best course of action.
    A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony outgrowth that can form on any bone, but normally at joints.

    Many times its related to osteoarthritis where bone is rubbing on bone. Of course there are other factors that can result in bone spurs (ie weight, posture, injuries, etc)

    I dont think there is one standard treatment for bone spurs. Like I started with, it depends on how much of an impact it has and the severity.

    Doctors are somewhat reluctant to perform surgery on younger individuals. My own opinion is that they would like to see if conservative treatments would help and any surgery has its after effects.

    Since your doctor has not recommended surgery, what other options have they detailed for your son?

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thank you all for your information and suggestions. We've tried lots of "conservative" interventions: two rounds of physical therapy (11 months total), rest, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, exercise/swimming, injections, and rhizotoys. He's had a lot of pain for the past 3 years as a result of a sports-related injury. It has taken us until just the past month to even get somewhat of a diagnosis (bone spurs) - even after 3 MRI's, 3 CT scans, a bone scan, countless x-rays. He's had to give up sports (that was heartbreaking), hobbies, social activities, and most recently college. Now his most recent spine specialist thinks he also has annular tears. Ugh. We still don't know what's causing what and what to do about any of it. Anyway, again, thank you so much. Your ideas are much appreciated.

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