Lumbar Bone Spurs: Why Do They Form?

Medical Illustration of Lumbar Section of Spine

Bone spurs form in the lower back as a result of degeneration of the spine. Despite a name that suggests malevolence, however, bone spurs don’t always cause pain. More often than not, they’re liable to result in nerve inflammation and irritation. It’s these issues that cause ongoing harm to a person, making it important to resolve bone spurs as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, patients going to the doctor for advice on bone spurs often get disheartening suggestions, including invasive surgeries. The alternative? Evidence suggests a visit to the spinal experts at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC could do your body some good. General chiropractic is a recognized way to address the chronic inflammation, irritation, and nerve pain caused by lumbar bone spurs.

When to suspect a bone spur?

When cartilage breaks down in the lumbar spine, additional movement occurs in the spine’s joints. To compensate for this, bone spurs form on the outside of the joints. It’s your body’s defense mechanism for mitigating the effects of friction. The downside? These spurs often irritate nerve endings in the spine, making them inflamed.

Inflammation results in a variety of problems because of the vital role the spine plays in regulating the central nervous system. Nerve signals are often impeded or lost on inflamed nerve bundles. Inflammation from bone spurs can also create radiating pain, weakness, or numbness down the legs all the way to the feet.

Who gets bone spurs?

Bone spurs are most often a product of age. The more miles you have on you, the more friction and wear your spine has generally seen. However, painful bone spurs are connected to other conditions and behaviors such as:

  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Spinal stenosis;
  • Poor posture;
  • Poor nutrition;
  • Lingering injury.

What can be done to treat bone spurs?

It’s difficult to completely stop degenerative conditions once they start. But, you can slow them down and manage symptoms with the help of chiropractic. If a bone spur is caught early enough, it can be managed to minimize its hazardous effects on the surrounding spine. Resetting vertebrae can assist in rapid healing through restoring the central nervous system, even if it can’t reverse spur development.

Primary chiropractic treatments for bone spurs will involve combating inflammation. Targeted adjustment is central to bone spur management, however it can also be complemented by tweaks to diet and exercise. Using hot and cold applications can also ease the pain, while increasing flexibility and improving blood flow to stimulate positive nerve health.

Secondary treatments will focus on quality of life and avoiding bone spur irritation. This might include an introduction to low-impact exercise, ergonomic lifestyle adjustments, or range of motion exercises like yoga.

Keep bone spurs in check

If you think you’re suffering from bone spurs, it’s important to find out for sure. Calling a chiropractor can be the first step in diagnosing them, then understanding what stage they’re at and how to treat them.

The experienced team at Graybar Chiropractic takes bone spurs seriously. We help Wilmington, NC patients explore non-invasive ways of coping with bone spurs, so they can experience relief without going under the knife or relying on OTC pain medications. Through a tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program, we’ll attune our methods to your unique situation, to make bone spur management possible.

Contact us today for more information about bone spurs or for a free consultation with one of our experienced professionals.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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