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How are bone spurs and osteoarthritis different?

How are bone spurs and osteoarthritis different?

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 forms of arthritis cause erosions, but spurs are typically always part of the form of arthritis we call osteoarthritis. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What is the main difference between bone spurs and osteoarthritis?

What is the main difference between bone spurs and osteoarthritis?

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 harbingers of osteoarthrits although it is possible to have oa without bone spur formation. It is unclear exactly why bone spurs form around arthritic joints. It is uncommon to develop bone spurs around non arthritic joints. ...Read more

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Does osteoarthritis cause bone pain or is it the deformation of bone pressing on nerves that cause pain?

Does osteoarthritis cause bone pain or is it the deformation of bone pressing on nerves that cause pain?

Arthritis in joints.: Arthritis refers to pain in the joints, due to deterioration and calcification of the cartilage between bones. If you are having pain directly in the bone, something else is going on besides arthritis. ...Read more

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If you have osteoarthritis and a bone spur should you have surgery?

If you have osteoarthritis and a bone spur should you have surgery?

More Information: You don't mention where this is at; bone spurs can occur anywhere. It is difficult to answer this question without more information. ...Read more

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What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

Depends on symptonms: It depends on the symptoms you have. As a general rule, if you have more back pain, your surgeon will likely recommend a more conservative treatment (pt , medication). If you have more leg pain, nerve compression on the mri, and have failed conservative treatment, surgery may be an option. I would take the advice from the doctor who gave you this diagnosis. If not comfortable, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Is there any connection to long term (over 10 years) use of opioids and osteoarthritis, bone degeneration?

Is there any connection to long term (over 10 years) use of opioids and osteoarthritis, bone degeneration?

Let me explain: The chronic abuse of opioid drugs may be associated with altered bone metabolism and reduced trabecular bone mass, attributable, at least in part, to gonadal deficiency. These alterations seem reversible after drug discontinuation. ...Read more

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If you have osteoarthritis and a bone spur in the shoulder. Is the best treatment surgery?

If you have osteoarthritis and a bone spur in the shoulder. Is the best treatment surgery?

No: Surgery should be the last resort. I recommend trying injections first-prednisone or synthetic joint fluid (like synvisc) can be helpful. The only indications for surgery are pain and inability to move. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more


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