"I have an osteophyte," she said, on the verge of tears.
"The doctor told me I have an osteophyte right in the lumbar spine...I'll probably need injections at least, and maybe even surgery."
This patient had been making excellent progress so far. Her back pain had been progressively diminishing over our past few sessions, and she had been noticing significant gains in her ability to do things like lunge down to the ground to play with her pet and walk outside on the local trail. And then she came in after a follow up physician visit to share with me the news of an uninvited, terrifying osteophyte which was now attacking her body.
But here's the thing.