Prevalence of Bone Spurs in Athletes

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The Bonati Spine Institute discusses the prevalence of bone spurs in athletes and how they are treated.

Baseball season is rounding down, the regular season is over and it has been announced that several players will be undergoing treatment for bone spurs. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Josh Johnson and Chicago Cubs pitcher Zach Putnam both underwent treatment in early October for treatment for their bone spurs. The Bonati Spine Institute explains what bone spurs are and why athletes are susceptible to the condition.

Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony projections that form along the edges of bones, often where bones meet each other. Bone spurs themselves do not cause pain, but when they rub against nearby nerves or when they narrow the spaces between the vertebrae, through which nerves pass, they can cause severe pain. In some cases, bone spurs can indicate other conditions, such as spondylosis and spinal stenosis.

Bone spurs are most often caused by changes in joints due to aging and disease, or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage on the ends of bones and commonly occurs with joints in hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips. In athletes, however, bone spurs can develop because of the added stress they put on their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Pitchers like Johnson and Putnam underwent an arthroscopic procedure to have their bone spurs removed.

When bone spurs occur on the spine, patients may undergo procedures such as a foraminotomy or a laminotomy. The Bonati Spine Procedures were designed specifically to help people with pain, including pain from bone spurs. As always, the Bonati Spine Institute recommends that anyone suffering from bone spurs thoroughly researches the treatment options. Visit their website for more information on bone spurs and the treatments.

About the company:
The Bonati Spine Institute was founded by Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, and is the recognized creator and pioneer of advanced spine surgery. Over the past 30 years, the institute has maintained a consistent patient-reported immediate success rate of over 94 percent with their specialized procedures.

Their highly trained physicians, patented procedures and instrumentation, are the pivotal part of the surgical process. Upon arrival, patients will meet and discuss specific issues with highly trained and experienced orthopedic & neurosurgeons. These physicians are the same ones who will be performing every step of the surgical process.

The Bonati Spine Procedures represent the state-of-the-art in advanced spine surgery and have eliminated the need for traditional invasive open back and spinal fusion surgeries. From open wound to the most advanced surgeries, The Bonati Spine Procedures have led the way for more than 30 years for better, safer, results-oriented surgical procedures of the spine. The Institute specializes in treating spinal stenosis, herniated disc, sciatica, and pinched nerves, among many others. For more information on The Bonati Spine Institute visit their website:

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