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Bone spur

Bone spur known as degenerative arthritis , this is a normal physiological degeneration. Bone spur usually growth in an area where there has a larger joint pressure. Aggravating factors such as poor posture and excessive strain might lead the area to be inflamed and formed bone spur. The position of bone spur growth will affect the surrounding soft tissue, causing inflammation and produce pain.

Symptoms of bone spurs

Symptoms related to the location of bone spur. If the bone spur did not squeeze spur adjacent nerves, one shall not feel any pain. If the spur squeezes adjacent nerves and soft tissues, the area will be inflamed and pain. If this affects the nervous system, their muscles will be paralysis and weak.

Cause and Risk factors

  • Middle-aged and elderly might be easier to develop bone spur.
  • Long-term wearing high heels: increase pressure on the lumbar spine and the knee
  • Poor posture will increase the chance of getting subluxation and degeneration of the spine.

Exercise: Behind the Back Neck Stretch

This stretch will offer a deep stretch in the sides of your neck.

  • Stand with your feet hip distance apart, arms by your sides.
  • Reach both hands behind your backside, and hold onto your left wrist with your right hand. Use your right hand to gently straighten your left arm and pull it away from you slightly.
  • To increase the stretch in your neck, slowly lower your right ear toward your shoulder.
  • Stay here for 30 seconds and then switch sides. Do this exercise 3 times per set, 3 sets per day.

Exercise: Lowback stretch

Trunk Curl: Trunk Curl strengthen the abdominal muscles.

  • Keep the knees bent and the lower back flat on the floor while raising the shoulders up 3 - 6 inches.
  • Exhale on the way up, and inhale on the way down.
  • Perform this exercise slowly five times with the arms across the chest.

How does physiotherapist treat bone spur?

First we will examine the position of your bone spur. Our physiotherapist will use modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, traction to ease your pain and change spinal biomechanics in order to prevent further growth of bone spur.

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