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Bone spurs in the neck

Bone spurs are excess growths that are likely to develop on the borders of bones. Spurs are additional accumulation of calcium and also known as osteophytes. The growths might have no symptoms but sometimes pain can be felt and there is difficulty in moving the joints. They usually develop as the person grows old and are common in the joints where two bones meet.

Bone spurs can also develop on the tendons, ligaments and cartilage. People with osteoarthritis and other deteriorating changes of the bones develop bone spurs in the joints. It can also develop when there is repeated wearing and tearing between two bones in the joint or in the tendons and cartilage that connects to the bone. Some people above the age 60 develops osteophytes anywhere in the body and they are usually found in the neck, lower back, joint of the heel, knee and the shoulder.

Bone spurs that develops in the neck is a normal indication of aging and not a serious condition unless they cause neck pain or other issues with the nerves.

What are the causes of bone spurs in the neck?

Bone spurs in the neck

The growths might have no symptoms but sometimes pain can be felt and there is difficulty in moving the joints.

  • Trauma or injury to the joint
  • Constant rubbing and stress placed between bones can cause formation of bone spurs
  • Inflammation and rubbing of tendons that are connected to the bones can cause bone spurs on the affected area
  • Normal aging process
  • The spurs in the neck can also develop in one or several of the cervical vertebra of the spine. When the ligaments and tendons that are connected to the cervical vertebra are injured or inflamed, it can trigger their development.
  • Poor posture and traumatic injuries on the neck can cause development of the spurs in the neck.

Treatment and home remedies of bone spurs in the neck

  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack on the neck several times in a day then followed with a warm compress. This helps minimize the inflammation and pain.
  • Take a pinch of turmeric powder then mix with one teaspoon of honey. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and this mixture must be taken by the individual at least twice a day when there is severe pain felt in neck and hands.
  • Heat linseed oil in a pan and dip cheesecloth in the oil until fully wet. Place the cheesecloth on the neck and place a large piece of plastic over the cloth. Place a heating pad on top of the plastic in order to keep it warm. Keep the warm compress on the affected area at least one hour or two until the pain is minimized.
  • Take anti-inflammatory supplements such as those that contain bromelain, evening primrose oil as well as shark liver oil and glucosamine sulfate since these can help manage the condition.
  • Take 500-1000 mg of curcumin at least 3-4 times every day on an empty stomach. Curcumin is a pigment found in turmeric and helps in treating bone spurs.

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