Clinical: Proximity of spinal nerve and vertebral artery to the uncinate process
Fourth cervical vertebra, superior view.
The spinal nerve and vertebral artery pass through the intervertebral and transverse foramina, respectively. Bony outgrowths (osteophytes) resulting from uncovertebral arthrosis may compress both the nerve and the artery and can lead to chronic pain in the neck.
Atlas of Anatomy Cl. Box 1.204 B
Illustrator: Karl Wesker