Re: uncovertebral hypertrophy at c3-c4 . . .
The uncovertebral "joints" are bony growths on the sides of the disks. They help each disk interact with the disk above it. Hypertrophy, in this case, means that extra bone has been added on. This bone might also be referred to as "osteophytes" (literally, "bone growths").
You have hypertrophy on the C3 vertebra, the C4, or both. This hypertrophy might be growing into the foraminal openings, where the spinal nerves leave the spinal cord and head off to the neck, shoulder and arms.
The peripheral nerve affected at this level is the C4 nerve. The C4 mostly affects the neck and shoulder. You might feel like you have a cartilage problem onside your shoulder.
It is chronic, because it is bone and therefore permanent. I do not know of a non-surgical way to treat it, although I do not doubt that lots of people would like to sell you one.
I BELIEVE it can be treated with a "foraminotomy", where the surgeon comes in from the back/side of the neck and shaves off the excess bone. This is the most minor of neck surgeries, and should be outpatient, if the surgeon knows what he is doing.
Still, we are lacking context. We might be able to help more if we knew what your symptoms are, and even what the rest of the report says.
Last edited by WebDozer; 01-24-2012 at 02:25 PM.