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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?

See below: The uncovertebral joints are in the cervical part of the spine which is the neck. They are not true joints with a joint capsule but develop early in life due to the interaction between the vertebrae above and below. They typically can show some spurring and can narrow the nerve canals pinching the spinal nerves. Most people who reach middle age have some degree of degree of degeneration. ...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"?

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