Bone spurs can very painfull for people as the dr said and yes they can cause a pinched nerve. I know alot of surgeons will not touch them-then some will. Its a real mixed bag. From what little I know of them I understand from reading on MRI reports. A client we had once, had terrible arthritis in his neck the report read arthritic bony spurs, the neurosurgeon said it was like a build up of calcium deposits forming a spur. I know of people getting heel spurs too and they are very painful. Usually the drs leave them alone unless they are pinching on a nerve, its just a surgery they tend not to do if its just spurring going on.