Osteophyte. This is the medical term for an elbow spur, a bony projection that forms where bone meets bone. Elbow spurs are simply the body’s way of repairing worn-out joint cushioning (cartilage). Keep reading to learn more about how this condition and how it’s treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Repetitive overhead motion (occupational- or sports-related)
  • Osteoarthritis

Signs & Symptoms

  • Usually none; spurs may only be noticed on an X-ray
  • Limited range of motion or loss of movement
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatments

  • Treatment may include rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.
  • Sometimes arthroscopic surgery is needed to further relieve symptoms.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.