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What does uncovertebral degenerative change mean?

What does uncovertebral degenerative change mean?

This is a typical: Age related process seen almost universally in the neck or cervical spine where there are small right and left sided uncovertebral joints that develop wear and tear changes with typical disc degeneration at the same level that can sometimes contribute to nerve root compression or a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What does small uncovertebral osteophytes mean?

What does small uncovertebral osteophytes mean?

Bone spurs: An osteophyte is just a fancy way to say a bone spur. The uncinate process is a process that is present in the posterior aspect of the vertebral body in the cervical spine. A simple way to describe the term is that you have mild arthritis in your neck. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is uncovertebral degeneration?

What is uncovertebral degeneration?

Wearing out joints.: Uncovertebral joint are located in the neck. These joints allow the neck to flex and extend and help prevent lateral bending. Uncovertebral degeneration is "wear and tear" arthritis in the joints in the neck. The bones thicken from bone spurs. ...Read more

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What is uncovertebral joint disease?

What is uncovertebral joint disease?

Loss of normal joint: Could be traumatic, degenerative as well as inflammatory.
It is good to have diagnosis and treatment.
See an appropriately trained interventional pain physician.
Gabor racz md fipp abipp. ...Read more

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What are facet/uncovertebral joints?

What are facet/uncovertebral joints?

Facet joints or: Zygoapophyseal joints are small joints of the spine which are a right and left pair at all levels of the lumbar & thoracic spine & in the cervical spine except at C1-2 level. They help to stabilize and allow for certain motions of the spine. Uncovertebral joints develop in the cervical spine only and are paired at each level except C1-2 and are usually present or noted with disc degeneration, ...Read more

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What is uncovertebral joint arthropathy?

What is uncovertebral joint arthropathy?

Degenerative change: The uncovertebral joint is an interphase of adjacent cervical spine vertebrae located in either side and adjacent to the disc space and opening for the nerve root (neuroforamen). Degenerative changes of this joint is referred to as uncovertebral arthropathy. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's facet/uncovertebral changes?

Can any doc tell me what's facet/uncovertebral changes?

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. ...Read more

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What does this mean? "Disk osteophyte complex and facet/uncovertebral changes"?

What does this mean? "Disk osteophyte complex and facet/uncovertebral changes"?

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion (often can't clearly differentiate between the two), and facet/uncovertebral refers to the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the cervical vertebrae. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can someone explain swelling of the uncovertebral joint?

Can someone explain swelling of the uncovertebral joint?

This is not your: Typical joint like a knee or elbow joint. There is not a swelling due to excessive joint fluid but an enlargement of this joint found in the cervical spine due to degenerative changes which may lead to compression on nerve tissue. ...Read more

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What kind of symptoms could one expect with swelling of the uncovertebral joint?

Check out these: Links. Take care and god bless u! http://www. Laserspineinstitute. Com/back_problems/spinal_bone_spurs/joint_osteophytes/? full. Http://www. Chiropractic-help. Com/uncovertebral-joint-luschka. Html. ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion surgery in Oct. Of 2016. Symptoms have returned 5 months out. Recent MRI states probable uncovertebral degenerative disease?

I had spinal fusion surgery in Oct. Of 2016. Symptoms have returned 5 months out. Recent MRI states probable uncovertebral degenerative disease?

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. ...Read more

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There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. What does the mean?

There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. What does the mean?

Spinal stenosis: This is a condition resulting from degenerative changes in the spine (for you, this would mean the neck). What actually happens is that the bone that protects the spinal cord becomes narrower. This causes pressure at different points on the spinal cord or nerve roots (causing numbness or other symptoms). Here's a great article which might help http://www. Niams. Nih. Gov/health_info/spinal_stenosis/ ...Read more

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What this means if my MRI says"Asymmetric diffuse disc bulge is seen at C4-5 level impinging on thecal sac, and along with moderate uncovertebral hype?

What this means if my MRI says"Asymmetric diffuse disc bulge is seen at C4-5 level impinging on thecal sac, and along with moderate uncovertebral hype?

What is your symptom: One level problem means nothing by itself. What is your problem? Normally I see this as an incidental finding. If you have neck pain is probalbly coming from your facet/ uncocvertebral joint and not other thing. If your compression on the theal sac gets worse in future you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

MRI: The radiologist is describing small spicules of bone that are causing some narrowing of the bony canal through which the nerve runs. The mr findings would have to be correlated to your clinical findings and a neurologist might be helpful there. ...Read more

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What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

Possible impingement: It means that degenerative changes at that level are causing bone formation that is narrowing the opening where the C4 nerve root exits the canal. This can cause compression of the nerve root causing pain in that nerve's distribution (cervical radiculopathy). Your doctor can determine if you have pain that corresponds to that nerve root. ...Read more

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What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

Spinal column joints: The uncovertebral joints occur between the uncinate process of the vertebra above and the uncus of the vertbra below in the cervical spinal column (C3-C7). The facet joints stabilize the spinal motion segment, protecting it from excessive anterior shear forces and flexion and rotation. Arthrosis in this context likely refers to mild "wear and tear" changes in the joints, probably from age. ...Read more

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Son had a MRI of cervical spine. Was told Uncovertebral joint is obliterated. What could this mean?

Son had a MRI of cervical spine. Was told Uncovertebral joint is obliterated. What could this mean?

Degenerative changes: The uncovertebral joints are impt anatomical structures of the cervical spine that lie on both sides of each vertebral body immediately adjacent to the Neural Foramen. Degenerative arthritic changes in these joints can result in bone spurs that can cause severe Nerves to be pinched. Thus he should see a spine specialist who will likely recommend PT as he is probably young enough to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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What does this mean CT spine scan: disc narrowing, spur formation c6-7.Variable degrees of uncovertebral facet hypertrophy. No spondylolisthesis ect.

What does this mean CT spine scan: disc narrowing, spur formation c6-7.Variable degrees of uncovertebral facet hypertrophy. No spondylolisthesis ect.

Structural changes: With a history of neck injury in 2007, the ct results most likely describe the changes in your spine since the accident. It will be useful to compare your scan to previous studies, looking for deterioration. Check with your doctor to see if the ct changes are old or new, and whether further evaluation or treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5.Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5.Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Degenerative changes: What you are describing are common degenerative changes in your cervical spine. The changes can cause pressure on the nerve roots in your neck and can cause pain weakness and numbness in you neck and shoulder. This can be associated with a radiculopathy. ...Read more

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MRI says C6 & 7 bilateral uncovertebral spondylosis results in moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing pain & numness hands sugary?

MRI says C6 & 7 bilateral uncovertebral spondylosis results in moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing pain & numness hands sugary?

Radiculopathy: The neural foramen are openings along the sides of the spinal canal where the nerve roots exit the canal. Foraminal narrowing or stenosis (due to degenerative arthritis in your case) narrows the openings and can compress the nerve roots as they pass through. This can cause symptoms related to particular nerve roots (radiculopathy). The C7 root exits at C6-C7, hand numbness can result at this level ...Read more

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My MRI shows reversal of the cervical lordosis @ c4, spondylosis, uncovertebral hypertrophy w/mild right foraminal narrowing. Pls explain. Treatments?

My MRI shows reversal of the cervical lordosis @ c4, spondylosis, uncovertebral hypertrophy w/mild right foraminal narrowing. Pls explain. Treatments?

In short it means th: -at you have degenerative disk disease centered around C-4, and as a result of this you have bulging of the disk that takes up room that the nerves pass through. If you have arrm symptoms, this can be a cause. It would be on the right side. Spondylosis just a long word for degenerative disease of the spine. Treatment should be done by a spine specialist, fellowship trained orthopedist. ...Read more

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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

Not meaningful: These findings on MRI of c spine are simply indicators of arthritic phenomenon with aging or wear and tear. These may or may not clinically corelate with the clinical symptoms or signs of a patient. Examining and ordering physician is in best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Please explain. Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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MRI cervical spine showed 2 central disc herniations, a bulge, 2 uncovertebral joint hypertophy into thecal sac. How long until I heal, I am doing PT.

MRI cervical spine showed 2 central disc herniations, a bulge, 2 uncovertebral joint hypertophy into thecal sac. How long until I heal, I am doing PT.

Can take 1- 2 years: MRI's of the cervical spine show the current state of the the spinal elements as they change over time. Several of those changes such as uncovertebral joint hypertrophy are a response to gravity and changes in the disc. The disc herniations will do their best to heal slowly over time, however they are due to aging and degeneration with water loss. In the meantime continue PT and regular f/u w/your MD ...Read more

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Can I do weight training at the gym with bilateral facet joint osteoarthritis throught the cervical spine. Uncovertebral joint osteophytes narrow exi?

Can I do weight training at the gym with bilateral facet joint osteoarthritis throught the cervical spine. Uncovertebral joint osteophytes narrow exi?

I would: NOT do this without a consultation with an EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST or PHYSIATRIST...... (the former is a physical therapist trained in exercise the latter a musculo-skeletal specialist M.D.


My opinion only!
Dr Z ...Read more

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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more