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i under went cervical disc replacement with g graft level c4,5,6.for root compression and severe cord compression 4 years back.now i am feeling numbness in my index finger,stiff muscles in the shoulder on the right side and right triceps and deltoid.i consulted a neorosurgeon who said osteophyte might be causing compression and advised exercises for which i am feeling better to worse.i am worried .kindly advise me.i am 38 years old ,diabetic well controlled which was detected at the time of  surgery.my nature of job is sedentary.i am a cosultant engineer,work on the computer.thank u.  
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Osteophytes are protrusions of cartilage and bone that develop in areas of joint degeneration. They are most commonly associated with osteoarthritis, although it also might be a result of your body's natural reparative process by the remaining cartilage after the surgery.

Treatment can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other analgesics, as well as physical therapy.  Surgery is only indicated as a last resort. Consult your neurologist on other possible treatment options for your condition.
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