@SteamLouis-- Surgery is not necessarily a good way out. There are other ways to relieve the pain like the article described. There are treatments like pain relievers or steroids to relieve the inflammation.
The bone spur itself actually doesn't cause the pain. It's the pressure that the bone applies on the surrounding nerves and tissues that causes the pain. It also causes inflammation and swelling which reduces movement and causes stiffness.
So the pain can be relieved with the use of anti-inflammatory treatments. Some people also get good results with physical therapy.