Bone Spurs (cont.)
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Symptoms of Bone Spurs
Bone spurs do not always cause symptoms. Many people have bone spurs but do not know it. However, if bone spurs rub against other bones they can cause pain or a loss of normal motion in a joint. This is most common in the hips, knees, hands and feet.
If the bone spurs rub against tendons or ligaments they can cause pain or a tear. This is common in the shoulder and can lead to a rotator cuff tear.
If bone spurs occur in the spine, they can cause pain and loss of motion, but they can also pinch the nerves or spinal cord. When nerves in the spine are pinched, it is known as radiculopathy. It can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs. If the spinal cord is compressed, it is called myelopathy. This can cause problems with balance, weakness, and pain.
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