A bone spur, also referred to as an osteophyte, is a benign, bony outgrowth that can develop along the edges of a bone. A bone spur can form on any bone but typically they are found at joints (where two or more bones come together). It is not uncommon for a bone spur to develop where muscles, tendons, and ligaments attach to bone.
Usually bone spurs develop where bone rubs on bone. Some say this is part of normal aging -- the body's way of compensating for worn away cartilage and bone loss, as occurs with osteoarthritis. Let's consider other possible causes of bone spurs, as well as symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options associated with bone spurs in What Is a Bone Spur?
- What Is Cartilage Loss?
- X-ray Evidence of Osteoarthritis
- Significance of Joint Space Narrowing
- What Causes OA Pain in a Joint?
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