Osteophyte or bone spur is the bony growth emergent from normal bone that causes excessive pain and uneasiness when it presses against any other bone or soft tissue. Bone spurs are found to occur commonly in the shoulders.
Since shoulder is a complex structure, the joint of the shoulder can move in any direction as per the need. With the passing of the time, the shoulder muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones that constitute the shoulder, wear against each other.
Shoulder bone spurs can lead to restricted movement of the arm. It also leads to the bulging and tearing of or just about the rotator cuff muscles. The rotator cuff muscles are responsible for the lifting and the rotating of the arm. These muscles start from shoulder blade and join to the upper arm with the help of tendons.
In shoulder, the bone spurs grows like mulberries and grows only little on the outside of the bone. In general, the bone spur hardly requires any treatment until and unless they cause damage to other tissues or starts to pain. Only the unlucky ones face a lot of pain when the bone spurs causes damage because of the framework of the shoulder.
There is always a chance that the bone spur that takes place in the shoulder can get in the way a much more than a bone spur that can form at any other place within the body.
The treatment for bone spur necessitates the losing of weight so as to take some stress off the joints and also the stretching of the affected area, Losing weight become all the more necessary when there is osteoarthritis or plantar faciitis and stretching of the heel cord of the foot also can treat bone spur formation.
The treatment to shoulder bone spur includes stretching, rest, ice as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If all these fail to provide comfort to the pain of bone spur, then the doctors can advice an injection at the aching area so as to diminish the hurt and the inflammation of the soft tissues besides the bone spur.
In a few cases, the shoulder bone spur has to be removed surgically. This is required when the bone spur has caused considerable amount of damage and deformity, particularly in the case of osteoarthritis.