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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

Osteophyte (Definition)

An ostophyte is often referred 2 as a spur. In thritis as in the knee the body knows u have pain so 2 try 2 lower the #/sg in of pressure it layes more bone down 2 increase the wt bearing surface, wee c these as osteophytes, same with the hands and feet. In the foot usually the great toe. It is soft bone so a hard bump 2 them and lead 2 a small fx of ...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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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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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

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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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

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What does tricompartmental osteophyte formation mean?

What does tricompartmental osteophyte formation mean?

3 areas of arthritis: Tricompartmental means three compartment arthritis. You're knee has three compartments; the medial compartment, the lateral compartment, and the patellofemoral compartment. Therefore all three of these compartments have wear down of the cartilage surfaces which is what osteoarthritis means. Osteophytes are bone spurs growing off the edges of the bone common with osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Facet disease and osteophyte formation and endplate sclerosis, what is this?

Facet disease and osteophyte formation and endplate sclerosis, what is this?

Spinal disease: Basically those terms describe changes in vertebrae that are affected by arthritis or degenerative changes. Facets are the small posterior joints at each level of spine. Disease there is again a component of arthritis. Osteophytes are spurs which occur as areas of bone and joint are stressed and try to protect their structures. Endplate sclerosis is bony thickening seen at vertebral disc area. ...Read more

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When you have a osteophyte formation does that cause your knee to clunk and give way?

When you have a osteophyte formation does that cause your knee to clunk and give way?

Arthritis: Sounds like you had xray showing arthritis. Pain meds and physical therapy focusing on quadriceps strengthening exercises is initial treatment followed by steroid shot, MRI and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Is this serious? Osteophyte formation on the symphysis pubis?

Very unlikely: An osteophyte is a bone spur, and may be associated with arthritis symptoms. Most likely, what you are describing is an 'incidental finding' on an x-ray of the pelvis. ...Read more

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Osteophyte formation involving the dorsal aspect of the navicular bone. What does that mean?

Osteophyte formation involving the dorsal aspect of the navicular bone. What does that mean?

Possible past trauma: Osteophyte appears as a small growth of bone. They can be the result of past trauma to the bone and sometimes they grow for an unknown cause.

The navicular bone is a critical bone to take good care of - if you are having pain, make sure you get in to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What is a osteophyte formation in the knee mean? What is a hypointense signal mean on a mri? Is this a diagnosis on a mri?

What is a osteophyte formation in the knee mean? What is a hypointense signal mean on a mri? Is this a diagnosis on a mri?

See answer: Osteophytes are bony spurs – often degenerative in nature. The bright signal intensity on MRI examinations is from hydrogen ions – bony spurs are largely calcium and don’t have significant hydrogen content. See your dr. To determine their significance in your case. ...Read more

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Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Sounds like: You may be suffering from Osteoporosis. You need to see a Spine specialist for complete evaluation ands a referral to Physical Therapy which offers your best path to recovery!

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Hope this helps!
DrZ ...Read more

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What is degenerative joint disease with moderate osteophyte formation?

What is degenerative joint disease with moderate osteophyte formation?

DJD w osteophytes: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the normal "wear and tear" kind of arthritis that we are all going to get as we get older in our most used joints. Part of the process of chronic arthritis is a remodeling of the calcium structure of the bone at the joint surfaces, which leads to accumulation of calcium away from the point of pressure. Ibuprofen will help discomfort from this normal process. ...Read more

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Slight loss of disc space height and osteophyte formation seen at several levels greatest at t3/t4 -t6/t7 sm schmorls nodes are noted at these levels?

Slight loss of disc space height and osteophyte formation seen at several levels greatest at t3/t4 -t6/t7 sm schmorls nodes are noted at these levels?

Arthritis: Sounds like a radiology read from an x-ray, MRI or ct. These are findings associated with arthritis of these joints or perhaps scheuermanns disease which is a benign condition. Treatment is nonoperative in general. See a spinal physician if you are having significant pain. ...Read more

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Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

Loss: Of cervical lordosis means straightening of the normal curve of the cervical spine. It can simply be positional or do to muscle spasm. Spondylotic changes basically mean degenerative arthritic changes at that level. ...Read more

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Xray recently shows severe joint space narrowing involve the patellofemoral compartment with underlying subchondral sclerosis & osteophyte formation?

Xray recently shows severe joint space narrowing involve the patellofemoral compartment with underlying subchondral sclerosis & osteophyte formation?

Osteoarthritis: These are classical findings of osteoarthritis being spelled out by the radiologist. Osteoarthritis develops as we lose the cartilage that is not seen on X-ray and usually leaves a "joint space" on films. During this degenerative cascade, sclerosis happens to the bone under cartilage and bone tries to increase its surface area when weakened by forming spurs called osteophytes. Good luck. ...Read more

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MRI - tear of posterior horn/medial meniscus (infer/sup surfaces) + mild cartilage thinning + ant osteophyte formation + subchondral h/intensity signa?

MRI - tear of posterior horn/medial meniscus (infer/sup surfaces) + mild cartilage thinning + ant osteophyte formation + subchondral h/intensity signa?

Torn menscuc: The meniscus is a cartilage cushion that sits between the femur and the tibia and acts as somewhat of a shock absorber. Each knee has a medial and lateral meniscus; and when they tear they can cause pain, swelling, and catching. They can be fixed arthroscopically by repair or shaving with good results. ...Read more

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Osteophyte formation appears to abut the exiting s1, l5 nerve root. I have back and r leg pain and leg tingling and numbness. What does above MRI mean?

Osteophyte formation appears to abut the exiting s1, l5 nerve root. I have back and r leg pain and leg tingling and numbness. What does above MRI mean?

Pinch: The changes you describe on your MRI suggest your leg tingling it's due to some punching of the nerve. Sometimes it gets better on it's own. Sometimes a cortisone shot under x-Ray can help settle it down. Surgery...usually not the option of first resort, but it has it's role in these things. ...Read more

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Local back pain from lifting weights. X-rays pelvis/SI joint. Mild Enstesophyte (not osteophyte) formation at illiac crests. Is this common? Follow up

Local back pain from lifting weights. X-rays pelvis/SI joint. Mild Enstesophyte (not osteophyte) formation at illiac crests. Is this common? Follow up

Back x-ray: Yes these are common but discuss with your Dr. As may vary by ethnicity and geographical location and work history. And prob not related to pains. ...Read more

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Knee pain took an MRI result says medial femoral chondromalacia osteophyte formation irregular denudation of articular cartilage what is d treatment?

Knee pain took an MRI result says medial femoral chondromalacia osteophyte formation irregular denudation of articular cartilage what is d treatment?

This means arthritis: This means some degree of degenerative arthritis

various options are available but none will cure the problem

discuss with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what symptoms do the osteophytes manifest as?

Generally none, ex--: Cept being felt, as bony lumps over a joint. The arthritis which produces the spurs, might be causing pain, deformities, loss of motion in the affected joint. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do the osteophyte manifested as?

Which symptoms do the osteophyte manifested as?

Bone spur: Osteophytes are "bone spurs", which are usually the sign of arthritis. Osteophytes can be painful. Some osteophytes around the shoulder can impinge on the rotator cuff and cause pain as well. ...Read more

Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more