Cervical osteophytes are bone spurs that form in the cervical (upper) region of the spine. An osteophyte is an outgrowth of bone produced as a natural response to increased joint friction, often caused by arthritis.
Cervical osteophytes are usually only painful if they impinge on the spinal cord or nearby nerve roots, vertebral discs, or blood vessels. If this occurs, symptoms such as radicular pain, neck stiffness, headaches, and dysphagia may arise.
Cervical osteophytes, or bone spurs, appear in the spinal vertebrae of the cervical (upper) spinal region. An osteophyte is a bony growth that the body sometimes produces in response to a weakened spine and increased friction.