Osteophyte is the medical term for the condition commonly referred to as a “bone spur.” An osteophyte is extra bone growth that your body initiates in response to joint problems such as arthritis, disc degeneration, aging, poor posture, or other causes. Bone spurs on their own do not cause problems, but they can impinge on nerves or other bones and cause intense pain and debilitation. This can be especially troublesome when osteophytes develop along the spinal column, as they can lead to nerve impingement that results in severe back and/or neck pain, restricted movement, radiating arm and leg pain, weakness in the extremities, numbness, and in some cases disability. An X-ray can determine the presence of osteophytes, and there are a number of potential treatment options, including medications, physical therapy, and even invasive open-back surgery.
As an alternative, Laser Spine Institute offers revolutionary osteophyte treatment through state-of-the-art, minimally invasive Foraminotomy or Laminotomy procedures. These outpatient procedures can remove osteophytes and can ease the pain they cause with a quicker recovery time and a much better success rate than traditional open back surgery. If you would like to learn more about Laser Spine Institute’s osteophyte treatments, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with your MRI or CT scan review.