Bone Spurs (cont.)
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Treatment for bone spurs depends on what symptoms you are having. Pain is the most common symptom and is often initially treated with medications. Antiinflammatory medications are typically used first. These help both to relieve pain and to reduce the inflammation caused by the bone spurs.
Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy to help with your bone spur symptoms. The physical therapy is not able to remove bone spurs, but it can help with some of the symptoms related to them. If you have a loss of motion in a joint caused by bone spurs, physical therapy can help strengthen the surrounding muscles and increase the motion in your joints. Physical therapy can include ice or cold packs, stretching exercises, ultrasound treatments, or massage.
In some cases, an injection of a steroid such as cortisone into the joint can help reduce pain from bone spurs. These injections can often be performed in your doctor's office, depending on the joint involved. If the hips or spine are involved, the injections usually are performed using an X-ray machine to help guide the placement of the injection.
Over-the-counter antiinflammatory medications can be used to treat pain. You can perform simple stretching exercises at home that you can learn either from your doctor or physical therapist.
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