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Osteophytes | Anatomy

By Editorial Team (2)
January 24, 2022
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Osteophytes (bone spurs) in the spine are smooth outgrowths that appear around the edges of the vertebrae and on the facet joints. Osteophytes are most commonly seen in the lumbar spine (lower back), but they can occur anywhere in the spine. Sometimes osteophytes are found in places where they can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.

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