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uncovertebral joint hypertrophy?

JKDE302JJKDE302 Posts: 348
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
uncovertebral joint hypertrophy? anyone else have this?


  • nobody else? no explanation ?
  • JKDE302 said:
    uncovertebral joint hypertrophy? anyone else have this?
    hypertrophy is primarily an osteophytic overgrowth of the uncovertebral joint
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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  • I dont understand what that means? what part of the joint?
  • This is what the joint is:
    "In anatomy, Luschka's joints (also called uncovertebral joints) are formed between uncinate processes above, and uncus below; see synovial. They are located in the cervical region of the spine between C3 and C6. Two lips project upward from the superior surface of the vertebral body below, and one projects downward from the inferior surface of vertebral body above. They allow for flexion and extension and limit lateral flexion in the cervical spine."

    and hypertrophy:
    "1: excessive development of an organ or part ; specifically : increase in bulk (as by thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts
    2: exaggerated growth or complexity"

    Hope this helps!
  • my neck was like that at all three levels your joints are getting arthritis ,thats what i was told my doctor anyways.
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  • My cervical MRI showed uncovertebral joint hypertrophy and/or facet hypertrophy at most levels. My surgeon never pointed this out because I think the hypertrophy (overgrowth) is just part of the bigger picture of degeneration and arthritis. :D

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • How do you treat this?
  • I don't know if there is a specific treatment but I copied a paragraph from a neurosurgery site explaining cervical disc disease and cervical degenerative (osteo) arthritis.

    Excerpted from: http://www.neurosurgerydallas.com/4_4_5.html

    The "Uncovertebral Joints" are important anatomical structures of the cervical Spine that lie bilaterally (both sides) on the antero-lateral (far front) side of each vertebral body immediately adjacent to the Neural Foramen. Degenerative arthritic changes in these joints results in bone spur formation that can cause severe Nerve Root compression at the opening to and throughout the Neural Foramen. Uncovertebral Joint "hypertrophy" (bone spur formation) is one of the most common causes of Foramenal stenosis and Nerve Root injury. Plain x-rays can give some information about this unique anatomy; however, CT scan is the most accurate method to evaluate these structures.

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • thanks...sadly i fear because of this i will miss the chance of getting an ADR and get stuck in a neck brace...
  • i had it at all my levels,my surgeon still put in implants i think it depends on the surgeon.
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