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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 is uncovertebral degeneration?

What is uncovertebral degeneration?

Joints of Luschka: That are found in the neck or cervical region between c3 to c7 with 2 to each level. They are not true joints but as the disc spaces degenerate and wear out, pieces of bone or uncinates come together from either side of thedisc space to form a joint like structure that is degenerative in nature. ...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 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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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?

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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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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C6-7 mild left uncovertebral hypertrophy causing moderate narrowing of left neural exit vitamins. what this means?

C6-7 mild left uncovertebral hypertrophy causing moderate narrowing of left neural exit vitamins. what this means?

Mild Arthritis: Mild degenerative disease of the joint causing narrowing of the hole through which the nerve root exits. ...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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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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