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What are the causes of hypertrophic changes in facet joints of the cervical spine?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
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In brief: Inflamatory arthriti

Rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, are a few causes among others, osteoarthritis advanced age.

In brief: Inflamatory arthriti

Rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, are a few causes among others, osteoarthritis advanced age.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Your age, smoking

Aging, smoking, prior neck injury all can be a factor of overgrowth of the facet joints which is a sign of degeneration.
Whiplash injuries in over 50% of cases involve some facet joint component that can accelerate degenerative changes that occur normally with age. Smoking accelerates this degeneration by affecting the rate the discs degenerate causing narrowing & secondarily affecting joints.

In brief: Your age, smoking

Aging, smoking, prior neck injury all can be a factor of overgrowth of the facet joints which is a sign of degeneration.
Whiplash injuries in over 50% of cases involve some facet joint component that can accelerate degenerative changes that occur normally with age. Smoking accelerates this degeneration by affecting the rate the discs degenerate causing narrowing & secondarily affecting joints.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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