Is there a home remedy to get rid of bone spurs in the neck.

Bone spurs are growths caused by calcium deposits on the bone. They can be of two types, one of which is called osteophytes which develop near a joint that has been affected with osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. In these cases, the cartilage gets worn out completely, and the bone grows an extra bone where the joints meet. Bone spurs may also occur on the areas where the ligaments or tendons attach to the bone after they become calcified. This generally occurs on the heel and in the shoulder. Bone spurs also usually develop on the neck, lower back, knee and foot. They cause difficulty in movement of the joints and also result in pain. Bone spurs are the body's response to a damaged joint. As it attempts to distribute weight across the surface of a damaged joint by increasing the surface area, it causes the formation of bone spurs.

Continuous stress or prolonged rubbing of a bone results in the formation of bone spurs. This can occur due to osteoarthritis or tendinitis. However, bone spurs may also be a symptom of other conditions such as diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in which bony growths occur on the spinal ligaments; plantar fasciitis, in which a bone spur develops on the part where the connective tissue attaches to the heel bone; spondylosis, in which bone spurs caused due to osteoarthritis bring about the degeneration of bones in the neck or lower back; and spinal stenosis, in which bone spurs cause the bones of the spine to become narrow, thus putting pressure on the spinal cord. Bone spurs may also be a part of the normal ageing process and can develop on their own.

When affected by a bone spur, it is important to first reduce the inflammation. This can be done with the help of an ice pack. Applying the ice compress 4-5 times daily will help to treat the inflammation. In more severe cases, you may use a heat pad on the affected area. The yellow pigment of turmeric called curcumin is known to be effective in treating bone spurs. You may take 500 to 1000 mg of this daily on an empty stomach. Applying flaxseed to the area can also help to bring down the pain. Another remedy is to take a piece of cheese cloth and dip it in warm linseed oil. Hold the cloth to the affected area and cover it with plastic. Use a heating pad over the plastic for about 2 hours.

answered by G M

Home Remedies for Bone Sour in the Neck

There are many effective home remedies for bone spur in the neck. Following are some of the most beneficial remedies:

  • You can use hot linseed oil pack to alleviate pain. To relieve pain, use hot linseed oil packs. To prepare linseed oil pack, heat linseed oil and saturate a piece of cheesecloth or white cotton material in hot linseed oil. Apply the saturated cloth on the affected area. Place a plastic over the cloth and a heating pad over the plastic. This will provide good amount of heat to alleviate pain.
  • Ice massage is another great remedy for curing bone spurs.
  • Dimethylsulfoxide is an over the counter ointment that can be applied topically on the affected area to cure the symptoms of pain and swelling.
  • Arnica and chamomile are also excellent cures for bone spur. You can mix either of the two in your bath water or warp them in a piece of cloth to prepare a poultice and apply on the affected area.
  • You can even try some of the natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as whole leaf, glucosamine sulfate, cold processed aloe vera juice, bromelain, shark cartilage, evening primrose oil, and kelp.
  • Rose hip and horsetail are also excellent cures for bone spur. You can use these herbs in the form of tea.
  • Turmeric is also an excellent cure for bone spur. The yellow pigment called curcumin, present in turmeric, is believed to cure bone spurs.

answered by J

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