Bone spurs are small bone growths in the main bone, which can affect the nerve endings, the other bones, and the other tissues near the bones where the spurs are growing. Technically, bone spurs are a type of aberrance that should not actually occur and which are not foreseeable. If you happen to have bone spurs, here are ways to prevent and minimize the pain from the bone spurs.
- Diagnosis. First of all, you need to get yourself diagnosed. The first step to proper treatment is knowing the root cause of the pain or the disease. If you find yourself in constant pain near your joints, the problem may be a bone spur affecting the ligaments and the tendons near the joints. Your doctor should be able to conduct examinations that will determine whether you have bone spurs. Once you have been diagnosed, proper treatment can be determined. Treatment can consist of exercise, medication, and even surgery.
- Pain killers. The first treatment is to minimize the pain. A lot of people experience bone spurs and their bodies eventually align itself to the bone spurs. Once the body has aligned itself to the bone spurs, most of the nerve endings will heal and the pain will stop. If the bone spur is very sharp, or while the bone spur is beginning to grow, however, the pain can be very great. This pain can be treated with special anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs.
- Exercise. Next, make sure that you get proper exercise. The exercise will help tone your body and limit unnecessary bone growth. With proper exercise, small, regulated tears in the body’s tissues also occurs. As these small tears heal, the muscles develop and become stronger. This also helps the muscles cope better and form better to the shape of the bone spur. Keep in mind, however, that you need specialized exercises that have been designed by a physical therapist. Regular exercise may be too strenuous, depending on where your bone spurs are growing.
- Surgery. In worst case scenarios, you may need to have surgery in order to remove the bone spurs. This usually occurs when the bone spurs are growing very fast, when the bone spurs do not stop growing, or when the bone spurs are growing into very sharp ridges that cut into the nerve endings and tissues surrounding the bone. Most doctors, however, will only use surgery as a last resort.
- Ice packs. If you happen to be experiencing bone spur pains, one of the first aid treatments that you can do for yourself is to take ice packs and place them around the affected area. The ice packs will minimize swelling and will reduce the pain. You can also try elevating the parts of the body that are affected by the bone spurs, to reduce blood flow and minimize the pain.
Bone spurs are also very common in feet. If your feet are in pain, you can also get orthopedic shoe inserts that are specially made for your feet. These inserts will help to support your feet and remove much of the pain. With these tips in mind, you should be able to prevent bone spur pains from taking control of your life.