Lumbar Osteophytes

Lumbar Osteophytes

Lumbar osteophytes are also known as low back bone spurs. Lumbar osteophytes usually occur around the attachment areas of vertebrae bones where the ligaments and tendons join (enthesis). When the ligament and tendon attachments become injured or inflamed this leads to abnormal bone growth in that area and bone spurs develop. Its usually just simple wear and tear as we age that causes this as it develops as a result of normal ageing, or can be accelerated by low back osteoarthritis, trauma or labor intensive lifestyles. This condition of lumbar osteophyte formation is called lumbar spondylosis.

Symptoms of osteophytes in the low back

Low back osteophytes are not painful until they grow large enough to place pressure on a pain sensitive structure like a nerve, intervertebral disc or the spinal cord. When this compression occurs we may get low back pain, low back stiffness, pelvic pain, referred pain into the buttocks, legs and toes or muscle weakness.

Treatment of Osteophytes in the low back

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we recognise that prevention is always better than cure. Limiting the risk factors that lead to wear and tear of the low back in the occupational and sporting sense is always best. Therefore, a huge component of what we do at the clinic is educating people on posture, low back pain and healthy spinal habits. We specialise in the non-surgical treatment of spinal conditions (low back pain) and focus on restoring joint motion and sound joint mechanics, strengthening exercises and strategies to improve posture. When it comes to the treatment of lumbar osteophytes our physiotherapists and chiropractors will typically improve your condition and get you pain free with non-surgical options.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.