Spinal Bone Spurs

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A spinal bone spurs or osteophytes typically forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time. They are growths of extra bone on one's vertebrae which form as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms. Sometimes back pain or neck pain occur as the facet joints are inflamed and the neck and back muscles become irritated. Spinal bone spurs can pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots and can cause weakness or numbness in one's arms or legs.
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