What does Uncovertebral mean?

What does Uncovertebral mean?

What does Uncovertebral mean?

adjective Referring to the uncinate process of a vertebral body.

What is Uncovertebral Osteophyte?

Cervical osteophyte formation typically occurs when ligaments and tendons around the cervical spine’s bones and joints are damaged or inflamed. These joints include the disc spaces themselves (a modified joint), the facet joints, and the uncovertebral joints (in levels C3 through C7).

Are Uncovertebral joints the same as facet joints?

While facet joints are more critical to the cervical spine’s movements, the uncovertebral joints are also a common location for degeneration and bone spur growth, which can cause many of the same problems as a degenerating facet joint, such as foraminal stenosis.

What makes up Uncovertebral joint?

In anatomy, Luschka’s joints (also called uncovertebral joints, neurocentral joints) are formed between uncinate process or “uncus” below and uncovertebral articulation above. They are located in the cervical region of the vertebral column between C3 and C7.

What does Uncovertebral degenerative changes mean?

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 do Uncovertebral joints do?

Function. Thought to reinforce the intervertebral disc posterolaterally and therefore provide protection for structures at risk of disc herniation. Prevents posterior linear translation movements of the vertebral bodies. Important in providing stability and guiding the motion of the cervical spine.

What are the joints of Luschka Uncovertebral where are they?

Luschka joints are small synovial articulations, measuring 2 × 4 to 3 × 6 mm., situated between the five lower cervical vertebral bodies. They are located anteromedially to the mixed nerve root and posteromedially to the vertebral artery, vein, and sympathetics as these pass through the vertebral foramen.