What is Disc Degeneration with Osteophyte Formation?

Disc Degeneration Osteophyte Formation is a condition of the spine that may affect the spine as a person ages. Osteophytes form because of the increase in a damaged joint’s surface area. This is most common from the onset of arthritis. Osteophytes usually limit joint movement and typically cause pain. Osteophytes form naturally on the back of the spine and are age-related signs of degeneration in the spine.

In most cases, the spurs are not the source of back pain, but instead are the common symptom of a deeper problem. However, bone spurs on the spine can impinge on nerves that leave the spine for other parts of the body.

What You May Be Feeling

Disc Degeneration Osteophyte Formation can cause back pain

Back Pain

Disc Degeneration Osteophyte Formation can cause neck pain

Neck Pain

Disc Degeneration Osteophyte Formation can cause stiffness


Potential Treatment Options

A laminectomy is a very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc. Learn More.


A laminotomy is a spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain. Learn More.


When the disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, removal is a consideration. The disc is replaced with an artificial disc to preserve motion at the disc space. Learn More.


During an ACDF the damaged disc in the neck is removed, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant. Learn More.


During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the troubled nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain. Learn More.


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