What does Uncovertebral mean?

[un″ko-ver´tĕ-bral] pertaining to the uncinate processes of a vertebra.

What causes Uncovertebral joint disease?

Pathology. Uncovertebral arthrosis is thought to be the result of dehydration/reduction of the intervertebral disc, leading to an increased load between the cervical vertebrae and hence the uncovertebral joints. It typically is seen in the lower cervical vertebrae due to the increased load at these levels.

What is Uncovertebral hypertrophy c5 c6?

Uncovertebral Hypertrophy: These are joints located in your cervical spine adjacent to each vertebrae. Hypertrophy in these joints may be indicative of bone spurs (known as disc osteophytes or a disc osteophyte complex) and can cause similar issues with neck and arm pain.

What is the function of Uncovertebral joint?

They are found lateral and anterior to the intervertebral foramina, on each side of the relevant intervertebral discs. The function of the uncovertebral joints is to follow the movements of the cervical spine, but as well to control these movements and stabilize the neck.

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Degeneration occurs because of age-related wear-and-tear on a spinal disc, and may be accelerated by injury, health and lifestyle factors, and possibly by genetic predisposition to joint pain or musculoskeletal disorders. Degenerative disc disease rarely starts from a major trauma such as a car accident.

Is facet disease serious?

Facet joint syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of the spine that can be a significant source of back and neck pain. It is caused by degenerative changes to the joints between the spine bones. The cartilage inside the facet joint can break down and become inflamed, triggering pain signals in nearby nerve endings.

Is facet hypertrophy a disability?

According to the medical guide called the Blue Book published by the SSA, facet arthropathy might qualify as a disability if the severity of symptoms matches the guidelines published under Section 1.04.

What does the uncinate process limit?

The width of the uncinate process is maximum at C6 (2.89 mm) and minimum at C3 (2.55 mm) vertebral level. The maximum and minimum distance between the tips of the uncinate process measured at C7 (22.45 mm) and C3 (18.73) vertebra respectively.

What does the uncinate process of the pancreas do?

The head of the pancreas sits within the C-shaped curve of the duodenum. The uncinate process is an extension of the inferior part of the head of the pancreas that projects medially and wraps around the superior mesenteric vessels.