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  • Writer's pictureDr. Boley

Bone Spurs

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

I have many people ask me “What is a bone spur?” and “How are they formed?”

Next, let’s talk about how they are formed.

Non Technical definition:)

You continue to excessively overuse and overload a tendon the bodies reaction is to put more bone into the base of the tendon.

Technical definition:

The formation of the spur is caused from extra pulling pressure (tension) where the tendons or ligaments attach to the bone itself. We call this attachment point the enthesis. The body reacts to the increased pulling or tension from the tendons by laying down extra bone to increase the strength at the enthesis. It is like putting extra glue where the tendon attaches. This happens over time so the tendon does not tear off the bone (avulse). The bone density at this insertion point is increasing due to the continuous extra pressure that is being applied to the tendon. Actually this is a normal response from the body. It becomes a problem when the bone continues to grow into the tendon or ligament and extends away from the bone. It will continue to grow due to long term tension. This excessive growth may become painful.

Symptoms of bone spurs can be:

  • Pain

  • Stiffness and reduced mobility

  • Headaches

  • Sharp radiating or traveling pain

  • Hand or foot numbness

  • Heel pain/Plantar fasciitis

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help. Chiropractic care can help reduce the altered bio mechanics thereby reducing the pain and help avoid more serious conditions.

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