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How to Treat Osteophyte?


Medical Treatment:
  • Osteophytes do not usually cause pain, but associated arthritis might
  • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve pain
  • Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to help reduce any swelling and inflammation
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • The physiotherapist may recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the problem area and by helping to improve your range of movement
  • Surgery can sometimes be used to help manage any underlying arthritis in the joint
  • No need to remove an osteophyte, unless it is irritating a nerve in the spine or restricting a joint movement range