Bone Spur in Neck Symptoms

Although the bony growths themselves are not painful, they may impinge upon the spaces through which nerves and blood vessels travel. In the cervical spine there is limited foraminal space through which the nerves and blood vessels exit the spinal column, leaving little room for bone spurs to grow before they compress these structures. Symptoms are similar to those caused by other conditions that result in pinched nerves and ultimately cervical spinal stenosis.

Conditions associated with Neck Bone Spurs

Bone Spur in Neck
Bone Spurs may form along edge of facet joints

Weakness, numbness, paraesthesia, acute neck pain and chronic neck pain can occur with osteophyte growth. Ischaemia, where osteophytes are compressing blood vessels means that circulation, and concomitantly nutrient and oxygen delivery, are restricted in the spine and its tissues, which in turn can lead to further problems as regards spine health.

In the neck, bone spurs may grow inwards leading to problems with swallowing or breathing. they may also impact on circulation to the brain, with repercussions such as dizziness, poor memory and impaired concentration. Bone spurs can also detach from the normal bone, leading to free/loose bodies and causing problems of blockages in the synovial fluid and locking of the joints as these loose bodies cause obstruction to normal movement.

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