Cervical osteophytes are also known as neck bone spurs and usually occur around muscle, ligament and tendon attachment areas of the vertebrae. Osteophytes can occur in combination with wear and tear of the neck (arthritis/degeneration).
Cervical (neck) osteophytes are typically not painful until they grow large enough to place pressure on a pain-sensitive structure in the neck such as a nerve, intervertebral disc or the spinal cord. When this compression occurs neck symptoms may include neck stiffness, headaches, referred pain into the shoulders, arms and fingers or muscle weakness. In rare cases they can get so big they cause dysphagia or difficulty swallowing.
The treatment for cervical osteophytes will depend on several factors such as the location and severity. Contact your medical provider for more information.