Almost daily, I talk to people who tell me they have bone spurs and all of them attribute their spine problem to it. Most likely, they had x-rays years ago at their primary care’s office and had their doctor tell them they will only get worse. This is one of my biggest pet peeves in practice today.
Did you know that 98% of adults have some sort of arthritic changes in their neck? 70% of adults with no back pain have disc bulges seen on MRI’s. If arthritis was the cause then why don’t 98% of us walk around in debilitating pain? There are a number of types of arthritis; but in most cases, it is shortened from osteoarthritis or degeneration.
Can degenerative changes affect the spine? Yes, mostly it will add some minimal stiffness or soreness, especially in the mornings. It is not going to cause life-long pain and agony. There are few circumstances where degeneration can cause serious conditions, but they are few and far between. Believe me when I say that I have helped hundreds, if not thousands of people with arthritic changes because it was not the actual problem.
When I treat my patients, I treat beyond any arthritis or bone spurs. I treat the fundamental biomechanics of the body to get them functioning as close to 100% as possible.