Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. Most often, bone spurs form in your joints, but they can also form in the bones of your spine.
If you suffer from bone spurs you know the intense pain that can come with it. The pain you feel is the result of a spiky accumulation of calcium on the bone. Our bones are primarily made of calcium, but in the case of a bone spurs, the bone has grown improperly.
The main cause of bone spurs is the damage associated with use of the joint (age). This wear-and-tear damage is associated with osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones, your body then attempts to repair this loss by forming bone near the damaged area.
Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected, however this may depend on where they are located and the level of discomfort they cause in your health.
The most common symptoms of bone spurs are knobby appearance of joints and pain ranging from mild to severe. Other symptoms of bone spurs depend location.
Locations include the following:
Knee spurs- makes it painful to extend and/or bend your leg.
Spine spurs- the space containing your spinal cord narrows and can cause nerve pain, weakness, or numbness in arms and legs.
Hip spurs- can reduce the range of motion in your hip joint, and make it difficult to move your hip joint.
Shoulder spurs- can rub against your rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that help control your shoulder movements. This can cause swelling [see tendinitis] and tears in your rotator cuff.
Finger spurs- These may appear as hard lumps under your skin, bone spurs can make the joints in your fingers look crooked.
Heel spurs- Because of the location, heel spurs tend to be the most painful. As with finger spurs, heel spurs may also appear as hard lumps under your skin. They may also make the joint look crooked. Added to this, the heel spur may make it difficult to walk.
Essential oils and other products for Bone Spurs:
Blend for spurs:
Apply blend to affected area 2 times daily till bone spur is gone, continue thereafter for 2 weeks. This process may take several months, as the bone spur also took quite some time to form.