Uncovertebral joint arthrosis - Definition

July 2016


Definition


Uncovertebral joint arthrosis is a term used to describe a specific form of osteoarthritis affecting the uncovertebral joints, more commonly known as the Luschka's joints, located along the cervical vertebra. Cervical osteoarthritis, which affects the intervertebral discs located between the vertebra, can carry added complications of an arthritic condition affecting other areas of the vertebra, specifically the uncinate process, a sort of hook located on each side of the vertebral structures. These bony parts suffer from progressive degeneration in cases of uncovertebral joint arthrosis, accompanied by severe pain.

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