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Bone Spur: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

An osteophyte or a bone spur is a smooth, benign deposit that occurs along the edges of your bone. It often grows gradually over time and has no obvious symptoms. Some common parts of the body that are prone to this issue include ligaments, tendons, and joints. It might lead to pain and grow so big to limit movements in these areas. In this guide, we will show you some common causes, symptoms, and treatments for this health issue.

Causes of Bone Spurs


Bone spurs are most likely to occur in those body parts where bones rub against bones. This is actually a usual part of the aging process, which is a compensation for bone loss and worn-down cartilage triggered by osteoarthritis. To repair this process, your body will try to form new bones and cause some inflammatory conditions around these areas. Osteoarthritis is known as the most common form of arthritis and often occurs in elderly people. While taking medications might help alleviate the symptoms, it is better to consult your healthcare provider for lifestyle changes to get long-term results. [1]