Bone spurs, otherwise known as osteophytes, are bony growths that form along the edges of bones. These projections from the bone can rub against nearby tendons or nerves, resulting in significant discomfort and pain. Bone spurs commonly occur in joints due to the overuse of these areas and can make activities difficult for those suffering from them.
Bone spurs have also been found to be secondary to some types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, a form of inflammatory joint disease. Bone spurs can be surgically removed if other treatment fails, however, they usually do not cause symptoms severe enough to require surgery.
While they may not cause extreme amounts of pain, they are still serious medical conditions that should be evaluated by a medical professional if troubling symptoms arise.