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Please explain what does disk osteophyte complex and facet/uncovertebral changes mean?

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Dr. Robert Milam
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Facet uncovertebral : There are 5 moving parts of each level of the spine--2 facet joints, 2 uncovertebral joints, and disc is the 5th. The joints protect the spine and spinal cord from abnormal motion or translation. If the facet joint were to fracture or "break", it could lead to damage of the nerves/spinal cord. In everybody, as we age, the joints degenerate and lead to "changes" seen on studies.
Answered on Apr 10, 2018

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