Chicago, IL
A female asked:

I had spinal fusion surgery in oct. of 2016. symptoms have returned 5 months out. recent mri states probable uncovertebral degenerative disease?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
Spondylitis. Chck RF: The uncovertebral joints are between the vertebra in the neck (cervical vertebra) C3-C7. Degenerative disease refers to arthritis; arthritis in the spine is called spondylitis. When you have so many symptoms & joints affected, rheumatoid arthritis is a consideration; hence, checking RF (rheumatoid factor)- a blood test- is a good start. Arthritis can be progressive. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Mar 6, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.