Bony projections formed along the joint, also known as bone spur or osteophytes, normally limit the joint movement and cause pain due to an increase of damaged joint’s surface area.
They are also seen as a sign of degeneration in the spine since they naturally form on the back of the spine and can impinge on nerves, which leave the spine for other parts of the body causing pain in both upper and lower limbs and a numb or tingling sensation in the hands and feet, where spurs can also appear. In extreme cases they have been seen to grow along a person’s entire skeletal structure, along the knees, hips, shoulders, ribs, arms and ankles.
Wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) is the most common cause of bone spurs. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones, your body attempts to repair the loss by creating bone spurs near the damaged area. The extra bone may help increase the amount of surface area for load bearing.
Bone spurs, as well as osteoarthritis, can be treated and prevented with a high calcium and mineral diet. It follows that bone spurs can also be treated with high calcium and mineral diet, vitamin C is also an important element in collagen formation, and collagen is a major component of cartilage.
Increase your vitamin E intake, it stimulates cartilage-building in the body. You can also add vitamin B12 to your diet, it stimulates the stem cells in bone marrow to produce red blood cells and contributes to bone health.