Disc osteophyte complex — treatments

Disc osteophyte complex is a term sometimes used by medical professionals when spinal disc problems and osteophytes, also called bone spurs, are both present in the spinal column, especially the upper region. These issues commonly develop as a result of the natural deterioration of the spine as we age. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available if you develop a disc osteophyte complex in the spinal column.

Treatment for disc osteophyte complex

Often, spinal disc conditions and osteophytes do not require treatment and many patients may not notice they have developed. These conditions are not necessarily painful, with symptoms only occurring when an osteophyte or displaced disc material compresses a nerve near the spinal column.

However, if nerve compression symptoms do occur, your doctor can help you find conservative nonsurgical treatments that are designed to help you manage pain, improve mobility and promote the health of the spine. Common conservative treatments include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold compression
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Posture improvement
  • Spinal injections

Some patients also complement conventional treatments with alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and herbal remedies. Work with your primary care doctor to make sure any new treatments you attempt are compatible with your existing care.

When to consider spine surgery

For degenerative spine conditions, surgery can start to become an option if weeks or months of conservative treatment does not bring the relief necessary to comfortably engage in everyday activities. If you are being recommended for surgery, it is important to be aware of the full range of options, including both traditional open spine and minimally invasive procedures. The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, offering patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication.^

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ can treat disc osteophyte complex using muscle-sparing techniques that allow for an outpatient procedure. Our decompression surgery helps many patients find relief by removing a small portion of the osteophyte causing your pain. However, if the disc in the spine is severely damaged and may cause instability and the development of more osteophytes, a stabilization surgery may be recommended, which is our minimally invasive approach to spinal fusion. Contact us today to learn more.

We are happy to offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.