Bone spurs in the joint of fingers and hand
What is a bone spur? A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on
normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a
"spur" but a bone spur is just extra bone. It's usually smooth but it can
cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft
tissues such as ligaments tendons or nerves in the body. Common places for
bone spurs include the spine shoulders ...
Although the definite cause of bone spurs is unknown most experts agree that
they have an association with osteoarthritis especially due to the breakdown
and deterioration of cartilage around the joints. Bone spurs are commonly
seen in the ageing population so specialists also believe it is a part of
the ageing process due to changes in the way the body works. Bone spurs also
occur as a consequence of other medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis
as a response to the changes in the tissues and the irritation and
inflammation that this causes.
.Aging - Bone spurs can be a normal part of aging as your body creates them
to add stability to joints. Bone spurs themselves do not necessarily hurt
but over 40 percent of people will experience nerve impingement due to the
development of bone spurs.
.Osteoarthritis - This is a joint disorder that causes the cushioning
(cartilage) between the bone joints to wear away leading to bone spurs.
.Degenerative Disc Disease - This is a gradual deterioration of the discs
between the vertebrae of the spine.
.Traumatic injury and poor posture - These also can be potential bone spurs
causes and can lead to spine bone spurs.
For many people bone spurs cause no symptoms and are often unnoticeable
until an x-ray detects when diagnosing another unrelated condition.
For others they can actually provide beneficial relief to some conditions as
they may help to distribute weight better or support ageing joints adding
stability to the body's frame. If however the bone spur is causing a problem
it is most often some degree of pain or discomfort. Surrounding tissues can
become inflamed causing pain swelling and tenderness. Movement can also
become restricted as the spur can interfere with the normal function of a
joint if this is where it has developed. The spur can wedge itself in the
joint and prevent smooth movements or limit mobility entirely.
One of the most common ailments affecting the feet is heel pain. Heel pain
can have a variety of causes including bursitis or less commonly a stress
fracture of the heel bone. By far the main cause of heel pain is a condition
known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a long band of connective
tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. ...
Bony Spurs in neck colored X-ray. Bony spurs (osteophytes) grow from the
vertebrae as a normal part of the aging process. They stabilize the spine
when the discs of cartilage between the vertebrae shrink and become less
Bone Spurs in the Back and Neck
Bone spurs also called osteophytes are enlargements of your body's normal
bone structure. As these enlargements progress they may protrude into
surrounding tissues sometimes causing pain and other symptoms. Bone spurs
can occur on virtually any bone including on your vertebrae but contrary to
their name they do not actually create a point. Rather they are smooth
structures that your body creates to repair itself after bones are exposed
to pressure stress or rubbing over time.
Bones conform to any pressure applied to them and through the years tendons
(which hold muscle to bone) and ligaments (which hold bone to bone) can
start to pull the bone from where it should best imulating the creation of
bone spurs. As these protrusions grow and form they sometimes impinge on a
nerve causing pain and debilitating symptoms.
Bone spurs forming along the spinal column can lead to nerve impingement
that may cause severe pain restricted movement radiating arm and leg pain
weakness in the extremities numbness and in some cases disability. If you
think you're starting to show signs of a bone spur and want to confirm your
suspicions take a moment to browse through the bone spur symptoms.
Severe issues arise when lumbar thoracicor cervical bone spurs grow to the
point that they impinge on nerves or other bones. This can result in a
number of serious effects including:
.Radiating arm and leg pain
.Weakness in the extremities
.Severe back and/or neck pain
.In some cases disability
Here's what I did for bone spurs on the ball of the foot. Nancy
I had a bone spur the size of the end of my thumb on the bottom
of my heel which hurt like the dickens. At night I could hardly wait
to get off my foot because it hurt so bad but when I did, it hurt worse.
During the night when I had to get up to go to the bathroom it took all
I could muster up, to hobble to the bathroom because I couldn't put
any weight at all on the foot.
I had tried R.C. Essential Oil Blend because I had heard that it had dissolved other peoples
bone spurs. But it didn't help mine. I was to the point where I was maybe
considering about going to the doctor to see about getting surgery on the
heel because I was tired of the pain all the time. Then one day there was
a medical doctor on T.V. and he was talking about doing laser surgery on
bone spurs. So I was really interested in seeing what he had to say about
The first thing he said was before they did surgery, they would give the
patient cortisone shots and then see what happened. Da-a-a-a, What was the matter
with me. Why hadn't I thought of that before? We have a natural cortisone
like action with our tree oils so I applied Idaho Balsam Fir and R.C. together on
my heel. The first night the pain was less and in three days the spur was gone
and that has been over eight years and I have not had any problems since.
My husband was having the simular problem with his foot on the ball of the
foot last spring and I applied Idaho Balsam Fir and R.C. to his foot and in a
week his pain was gone and has not came back.
What a relief not to have to resort to surgery and go through more pain and
compromise the immune system when we have these wonderful oils to help us.