Disc osteophyte complex definition

Disc osteophyte complex is a condition that can develop anywhere along the spinal column. Specifically, this condition describes a situation where a patient has experienced bone spur growth on more than one spinal vertebra or vertebral body. While this may seem troubling on the surface, bone spurs are not symptomatic by themselves. Many people have osteophytes in their body and are unaware of their presence. Typically, bone spurs in the spine only become troublesome when they compress a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord, or when they interfere with regular movement in the neck or back.

While the exact cause of disc osteophyte complex isn’t always clear, it can usually be traced to conditions or risk factors that have contributed to or accelerated the deterioration of the spinal column. Some of the most common contributing lifestyle factors include excess weight gain, extensive overexertion and having a profession that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting. To learn about the treatment options available for disc osteophyte complex, read the following article.

How do you treat a spinal bone spur?

If a patient is diagnosed with a spinal bone spur or disc osteophyte complex at several spinal levels, the next step is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. To be clear, a bone spur is a growth of excess hardened calcium that can’t be cured in the traditional sense. Instead, treatment is designed to manage the patient’s symptoms and strengthen the muscles that support the degenerated region of the spine.

In many cases, a conservative treatment plan can be highly successful, although the patient should be prepared to make a commitment to several weeks or months of treatment, which may entail a certain degree of trial and error. Some examples of the types of treatments that are often recommended to address disc osteophyte complex include:

  • The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming or biking
  • Stretching techniques like yoga or Pilates
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Hot and cold therapy

When conservative treatment isn’t enough

Sometimes conservative treatment fails to deliver acceptable results. In this instance, the use of epidural injections near the site of the disc osteophyte complex may be effective. Although, if the condition is widespread, this may not be the most practical course of action. Sometimes, surgical removal of the bone spurs is the most appropriate response if your treatment does not respond to nonsurgical therapy. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005. Our board-certified+ surgeons perform a variety of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization techniques to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by disc osteophyte complex and other degenerative spine conditions. To determine if you might be a candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you find the lasting relief you have been searching for.