Treatment for Bone Spurs on the Spine
Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. In the spine, they can grow on the vertebrae and pinch the spinal cord or cause a narrowing of the space for the spinal cord. This can result in weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, and often it causes persistent pain that can radiate outward to the extremities. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers treatment for bone spurs on the spine at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, Nevada.
Bone spurs are a common side effect of osteoarthritis, and they can develop without any symptoms. Some people only realize they have spinal bone spurs when they are spotted on a diagnostic scan for other problems. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage that cushions the vertebrae, the body attempts to repair this damage. The usual result is additional bone material, which forms the spurs.
If you experience pain and/or inflammation in your back along the spine, or weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, you should seek the help of Dr. Rajamand. He can perform a diagnostic exam with the appropriate scans to locate and diagnose bone spurs on the spine.
Reno Spine Surgery for Bone Spurs
When Dr. Rajamand diagnoses bone spurs on the spine, he may begin by recommending non-surgical treatments. Rest, weight loss, OTC pain and NSAID medications and physical therapy can often bring relief to some patients. For others, he may recommend fluoroscopically-guided facet joint injections. Dr. Rajamand prefers to begin with the least invasive measures possible.
However, when these measures are ineffective, Dr. Rajamand is a skilled and talented neurosurgeon who can surgically remove the bone spurs from the vertebrae. Often, this is also accompanied by repair procedures to help prevent the reoccurrence of bone spurs and repair other damage from osteoarthritis. He may recommend a laminectomy or foraminotomy to allow adequate space for the spinal cord or other affected nerve roots.
If you begin experiencing back pain or numbness in your arms or legs or you have been diagnosed with bone spurs on your spine, contact the team at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno. We can arrange an exam and consultation with Dr. Rajamand to discuss treatment options that will bring fast and lasting relief to your back pain and other symptoms.