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Dr. Vasu Brown answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time.

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Dr. Christopher Guzik answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a "spur, " but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hip.

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Dr. Adrian Rawlinson answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Most spurs are completely asymptomatic. They don't need any specific treatment. Very few need surgery.

Answered Nov 1, 2015

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