Osteophytes are bony lumps that grow on the bones of the back or around the joints. Osteophytes do not always cause symptoms. Osteophytes in the: spinal column can cause pain and rigidity in the back; neck can pinch a close-by nerve and cause pain, needles and pins, pins and needles or weak point in the arms; shoulder can limit the space available for tendons and ligaments, and might be connected to tendonitis or a rotator cuff tear; hip and knee can lower the range of movement and are usually connected with excruciating arthritis; knee might cause pain when you flex and prolong your leg; fingers can cause swellings. Osteoarthritis is most common in the knees, hips, back and small joints of the hands and base of the big toe. As the joints end up being increasingly harmed, new bone may develop around the joints. Osteophytes can create in the back as a result of ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that specifically influences the spinal column.
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