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Mri show buldging disc suggest annular tear. mostly low central radial back pain slight sciatica. does mostly back pain suggest cause ann tear not bd?

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Disc pain: Disc pain is primarily in the back without going g down the legs. Unfortunately most people have more than one reason to have back pain. You shod discuss the full results of the MRI with the ordering physician so a comprehensive plan of care can be developed.
Dr. Zachariah George
Neurosurgery 15 years experience
Annular tear : Annular tears can be very painful and give rise to back pain and spasm in the acute period. The bulging disk or in more severe cases herniated disk usually causes 'sciatica' or radiating leg pain. Good luck.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out.

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