If you are experiencing pain resulting from an osteophyte in your spine, you are likely considering your various treatment options. Commonly known as a bone spur, an osteophyte is really a smooth growth of bone that is formed by the body as a response to damaged bone. As we grow older, the spinal anatomy naturally begins to deteriorate, and the body creates osteophytes in the spine to combat this degeneration and stave off the loss of bone mass. An osteophyte becomes painful when this growth of bone comes into contact with a nerve, soft tissue or another piece of bone.
Treatment of an osteophyte in the spine is usually conservative at first and can address either the cause or the symptoms of the bone spur. This is an important distinction. Treating the cause of the bone spur can entail:
- Losing a few extra pounds to alleviate stress on the spine
- Thoroughly stretching the affected area
- Strengthening the back or neck
- Improving your posture to ensure the correct alignment of the spine.
Your physician could also recommend a combination of pain management techniques to alleviate your symptoms. These can include:
- Muscle relaxants, pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication
- Cortisone shots
- Heat therapy or ice packs
- Limited rest
Minimally invasive procedures
In the event that you continue to experience neck or back pain as a result of an osteophyte in the spine, consider a minimally invasive outpatient procedure from the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine procedures are performed with state-of-the-art technology, which allows our highly experienced surgeons to pinpoint the location of your bone spur and carefully extract it. Unlike traditional open spine surgery, which requires lengthy hospitalization and a complex recovery, a minimally invasive procedure from Laser Spine Institute is completed quickly, and our patients typically walk out of our clinic a few hours after their procedure is completed.
To learn more about the osteophyte in your spine and for more information on minimally invasive spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.