How are bone spurs treated?

Treatments for bone spurs include the following:

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help relieve symptoms of bone spurs. Exercise helps improve motion and strengthen muscles around the affected joints. Physical therapy can also include ice packs, stretching, massage, and ultrasound treatments.
  • Pain medications: If bone spurs cause pain and inflammation, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®, or generic or store brand), ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, generic), and naproxen sodium (Aleve®, generic). Another pain relief medication may include a cortisone injection into the damaged joint.
  • Surgery: If bone spurs press on nerves and cause serious pain, or if they limit motion, the patient may need surgery to remove them.

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