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Bone Spur

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Bone spurs are mainly found in people suffering from osteoarthritis and is when another bone grows on the normal bone. The medical term for bone spurs is osteophytes, and usually occurs around or on the joints of the spine, feet, shoulders, hips, hands, and knees. The bone spur itself does not usually cause pain, but when the bone spur rubs against another bone or nerves around it there is usually a great deal of pain.


-Pain in the back and neck, patients can experience mild pain in the neck and lower back especially while standing.

-If the spur has developed in the cervical spine then the patient will experience pain in the shoulders and headaches.

-Numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the arms and legs


Bone spurs are mainly found in people suffering from osteoarthritis. The patients body is constantly attempting to cover up the lose done by arthritis by breaking down cartilage in joints. To cover up the loss the body creates new bones alongside the effected bones. Other causes can be related to nutrition, sport injuries, accidents, and lifestyle.


-Inflammation needs to be the first thing remedied before trying to heal or alleviate the pain caused by bone spurs. Ice packs applied to the area 4-6 times a day are helpful or if the inflammation is more severe try applying a heating pad in between ice packs.

-Taking 500 mg-1000 mg of circumin 3-4 times a day on an empty stomach can help. Keep this remedy going for 6-8 weeks.

-Hot flaxseed packs applied to the area can help alleviate the pain

-Resting frequently can help the body recover


Bone spurs are difficult to heal and although we do not have a lot of remedies we suggest making sure your diet is healthy and light, vitamin intake is consistent, calcium and circumin need to be taken daily, and the patient should rest and try to apply little to no strain on the affected area. For the most part the body will take care of the bone spur over time, this can be a painful period of time so be sure to use heating pads and ice packs to alleviate most of the pain. We do not suggest pain killers, but herbal teas can be consumed to alleviate the pain. Here is how to make a tea that can alleviate inflammation and pain.


Pain reducing Tea

-1 cup alfalfa leaves

-1 cup of chamomile leaves

-1/4 cup dried ginger root

-3 tablespoons of crushed willow bark (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together and put in an airtight container, preferably glass and store in a cool dark place to help preserve the freshness.

To make the tea pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the blend.

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