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What are Osteophytes?

Description of the Disease

Osteophytes, also known as bone spurs, are new formations of bone tissue that can occur on the edges of joints or the spine.


  • Primary osteophytes (occur due to natural joint wear and tear)
  • Secondary osteophytes (develop due to joint or spinal diseases)


  • Pain and stiffness in the area of the joints or spine
  • Loss of mobility
  • Cracking or crunching in the joints


Osteophytes usually occur due to joint wear and tear, injury, age-related changes, and joint diseases.


Osteophyte diagnosis includes X-rays, MRI, or CT scans.


Treatment for osteophytes may include physical therapy, pain-relieving medications, injections, or even surgery in case of complications.


Preventing osteophytes involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, controlling weight, engaging in physical activity, and maintaining proper posture while working and walking.


For the diagnosis and treatment of osteophytes, it is advisable to consult an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.

Note: This material is provided solely for informational purposes and is not medical advice.