Do you suffer from chronic joint pain and tenderness? If so, you may have bone spurs. Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony projections that form along the edges of the bones in the joints. It is a common condition caused due to wear and tear on joints, chronic inflammation, and overuse of joints.
Bone spurs can cause pain and inflammation, as well as limited mobility and entrapment of the nerve endings. Fortunately, you don’t need to resort to surgery to remove these spurs. Instead, there are some effective ways to dissolve bone spurs naturally without needing heavy medication.
Treatment usually involves lifestyle changes, such as reducing activity, exercising, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Orthobiologic methods, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and cell-based therapies, can also dissolve bone spurs naturally.
What Causes Bone Spurs?
Bone spurs are the result of age-related wear-and-tear. Knowing the causes of bone spurs can help your healthcare provider choose the best natural treatment for your condition. Here are three common causes of bone spurs:
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of bone spurs, resulting from the wear and tear associated with this chronic condition. As the protective cartilage between bones thins out, they rub against each other, leading to friction and the formation of bone spurs.
Bone spurs can cause pain and reduce movement in people with osteoarthritis. Sometimes, bone spurs can pressure nearby tissues and nerves, further aggravating the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Poor posture can also lead to the development of bone spurs. It can misalign the spine, resulting in friction between the vertebral columns. This results in the formation of bone spurs.
Poor posture can also contribute to the development of bone spurs in the hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees. That’s when poor posture constantly puts abnormal stresses and strains on these areas. To prevent bone spurs, it is important to maintain good posture and practice correct body mechanics when doing manual labor.
Repetitive motion can put additional pressure on your body parts, leading to the development of bone spurs. If left untreated or allowed to progress, the spurs can cause inflammation and limited mobility, resulting in chronic pain.
You can prevent the formation of bone spurs by minimizing your repetitive motion. Stretching regularly and using good posture can also help reduce pressure on joints and keep them healthy.
Natural Ways to Dissolve Bone Spurs
Surgery may be necessary to remove severe bone spurs, but many natural remedies may help dissolve them over time. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend any of the below ways to dissolve bone spurs naturally:
Use a Cold Compress
Cold compress effectively reduces inflammation and pain in the human body. This method causes the cells around the bone spurs to constrict and eventually break the spurs down. Cold compresses slow nerve signals, which can also help to reduce pain and discomfort.
Apply an ice pack directly to the affected area for 10 minutes. However, it is important to note that, for some people, cold compresses may not be enough to dissolve the bone spurs fully.
Take Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements
Vitamin D gets activated through sunlight exposure and is essential for calcium absorption in your body. These two nutrients work together to help dissolve your bone spurs naturally. Calcium helps build and replenish the cartilage and bones, while Vitamin D helps to activate the calcium absorption process.
Once the calcium and Vitamin D are absorbed, they can start to dissolve and break down any existing bone spurs. You may also want to consider taking magnesium, which is also beneficial to the maintenance and functioning of cartilage.
In some cases, however, bone spurs may not be able to be dissolved with supplements alone, and other treatments may be necessary. Talk to your doctor for advice and treatment options if you have trouble with bone spurs.
Eat More Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is also important for reducing inflammation and improving joint health. Foods such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce inflammation in the body and promote bone health.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish and certain oils can also relieve inflammation and symptoms of bone spurs. Adding herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric, and oregano to your diet can also reduce the inflammation associated with bone spurs.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is also an important natural way to dissolve bone spurs. It can reduce pressure on the joints and improve overall flexibility. Low-impact exercises, such as swimming, cycling, and walking, are ideal for those with bone spurs. Stretching exercises can also help improve the range of motion, which may help to reduce spurs.
If your bone spurs don’t dissolve with the natural treatments, you can opt for cell-based or stem-cell therapy. In this process, the doctor extracts healthy cells and tissues from different parts of your body, processes them, and reinjects them into the injury site.
At CELLAXYS, we perform two types of cell-based therapies:
- Minimally Manipulated Adipose Tissue Transplant (MMAT). This process includes harvesting healthy cells from your adipose (fat) tissue and reinjecting them into the area with bone spurs.
- Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMAC). This process involves taking highly-concentrated cells from your bone marrow and reinjecting them into the injury site to promote healing.
MMAT and BMAC are outpatient procedures, meaning you can go home right after the treatment. The doctor uses live X-rays and ultrasounds to identify the bone spurs and performs the cell-based therapy within 1.5 to 2 hours.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
In PRP, the doctor takes your blood sample and isolates platelets from it. Platelets are the healing components of our body that serve as the first line of defense against injuries. After the extraction, the doctor concentrates the platelets and then reinjects them into the area with bone spurs.
Platelets perform three main functions in your body. First, they release 10 Growth Factors. Then, they attract healing components from your blood. Finally, they produce a web-like scaffolding called fibrin that promotes the development of new tissues. A high number of platelets in the injury site results in quick recovery and healing.
PRP takes 45 minutes to complete. It has been a popular treatment for spine, orthopedic, and sports-related injuries for decades. Patients that undergo PRP and cell-based therapies at CELLAXYS report natural dissolution of bone spurs.