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Bone Spurs?

I saw my neurosurgeons PA yesterday, and according to my MRI and X-rays, he determined I have a very large bone spur on my cervical spine. For weeks I've been suffering from severe neck pain, shoulder and arm pain with pain radiating into my fingers, and clumsy hands. I will see my neurosurgeon next week to find out how he wants to proceed. Has anyone suffered from these bone spurs and what was your treatment? The PA thinks I should start with physical therapy. Thank you in advance for any feedback!


  • I had two large bone spurs around my L4L5 nerve and they were not visible on the MRI. All that was known was that I had severe stenosis in the area. I had (and still have) bad pain going from my hip down to my foot. I had surgery last year and it was much easier than I anticipated. The surgeon said that the spurs were making the nerve very angry and he was surprised to find them. I am not sure if the pain I have is due to other hidden spurs or if maybe I have permanent nerve damage. I am not any worse from the surgery. I tried physical therapy beforehand but that, and all sorts of other types of treatments, did nothing. Surgery was a last resort. But, if nerves are severely compressed from something growing into them, I don't see how PT could help. But it is safer to try their suggested conservative treatments first. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you got relief without surgery!
  • Hi, thanks so much for your response! I don't believe the bone spur was seen on my MRI either. The PA said that the neurosurgeon may want another MRI but with my neck held in a flexed position! I don't know how I'm going to pull that off as I can barely move my neck...Sorry to hear you are still in so much pain, hopefully it's not something you'll just have to live with indefinitely!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    conservative treatment route first.

    Bone spurs can be very painful, but they many times do not require surgery. Read through some of the forums, searching on bone spurs and you will see how many people went the conservative route and the pain from the bone spurs was essentially eliminated.

    Take a look at these medical articles on Spine-Health

    Bone Spurs

    Bone Spurs in the Cervical Area

    Diagnoising Bone Spurs

    Treatment options for Bone Spurs
    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
  • Yes, in my case I tried literally everything possible and nothing relieved the pain (shots, pills, acupuncture, homeopathic supplements, massage, PT, Rest, TENS, etc). The surgery did allow me to move my right big toe again as I had lost all strength in it, but it did not alleviate the pain. Yet, if I had not done it, I am afraid I would have ended up with a dropped foot. I am going to see another specialist soon in the hopes that I can get more surgery to help with this pain in both hips and in both legs and across my back. Any little bit of relief would help.
  • Hi, thanks for the feedback!! I'm hoping for a positive outcome when I see my neurosurgeon on Wednesday!
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