Bone Spurs

Bone Spurs most often results from a gradual, degenerative aging process. As people age, the ligaments of the spine may thicken and bones and joints may also enlarge. when surfaces of the bone begin to project out from the body, these projections are called bone spurs.

When the health of one part of the spine fails, it usually places increased stress on other parts of the spine. For example, a herniated disc may place pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. When a segment of the spine becomes too mobile, the enclosing membranes of the facet joints thicken in an effort to stabilize the segment, and bone spurs may occur.