What is osteophyte in the spine?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: December 24, 2019

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What is osteophyte in the spine?

Osteophyte is a problem that originates with the formation of bone fragments in places that did not exist they are observed as bony protuberances in the edges, generally of the joints, although also they can be formed in the spine. It is clinically known as osteophytes.

It is a consequence of joint damage associated with osteoarthritis, which damages the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones of a joint.

Bone spurs also known as "parrot spurs," produce no symptoms and may go undetected for a long time. That's why you may not realize it until you get an X-ray. However, in some cases it can cause pain and loss of movement in the joints.

. The problems it can cause depend on where it is in the vertebrae. It can reduce the space where the spinal cord is by compressing it or its nerve roots and causing weakness or numbness in the arms and legs.

In the hip they generate pain when it moves and depending on where it is located it can diminish its movement. It can also cause pain in the knee when extending or bending the leg when it occurs in this region.

Arthritis patients are prone to this


The fibrocartilage covering these bones shows in the form of round protuberances, and when symptoms appear the patient can feel:

  • Burning and tingling in hands and feet.
  • Loss of coordination in one part of the body.
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • >Pain in buttocks and thighs

Physical activity can also cause these symptoms to worsen.

Furthermore, aging causes the joints and cartilage to wear out, making the ligaments unable to maintain the stability and natural fit of the joint. Accidents that cause injury, nutrition, poor posture and structural problems at birth are other causes.


Depending on the severity of the symptoms, special pain medications are often used to help relieve the pain and inflammation. Additionally, physical therapy is recommended to improve flexibility, strength, posture and reduce pressure..

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“The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691.”

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