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.