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what is the main difference between bone spurs and osteoarthritis

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Big difference: Bone spurs occur at the margins of the joint while osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the cartilage surfaces in the joint. Bone spurs are normally h ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Bone spurs: Bone spurs may contribute to oa pain.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Osteoarthritis: Bone spurs are part of most types of arthritis as the joint surfaces enlarge to decrease the pressure per unit area when degeneration sets in. Some fo ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See a rheumatologist: Have you seen a rheumatologist? If not, do so. Be certain there is not another cause for the spurs or calcifications.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Not always: Many people can have the same findings. Surgery is necessary in pnly a handful of these prople. It mainly depends on the neurologic involvement this'd ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Is there a question: here??? You are a bit YOUNG for Total Hip Arthroplasty. If this is what your Orthopedist is suggesting, I would obtain a second opinion. I would se ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
15 years experience Endocrinology
Pain due to combo: Pain is probably due to combination of things bone spur, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis can also lead to vertebral fractures which can be very painful. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Boomershine
18 years experience Rheumatology
No: Surgery should be the last resort. I recommend trying injections first-prednisone or synthetic joint fluid (like synvisc) can be helpful. The only ind ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
Typically no: If the bone spur is compressing a nerve in the neck or back or limits shoulder motion for example the answer could be yes. However bone spur removal i ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: The choices are conservative treatment versus surgery. Conservative options are physical therapy, acupuncture, meds and targeted injections.
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