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How does an annular tear typically occur?

How does an annular tear typically occur?

Twisting: Movements, especially twisting cause microscopic tears in the collagen fibers (tiny structural elements like the fibers or threads of a fabric) of the annulus (part of the disk). The body has some ability to heal such tears, but there is a limit. When the amount of microscopic tears becomes large, the tears connect, causing a larger tear. Sometimes those tears are painful. ...Read more

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Can left 3 mm disk protrusion and annular tear, cause rt buttock pain for past 2 yrs?

Can left 3 mm disk protrusion and annular tear, cause rt buttock pain for past 2 yrs?

Doubtful: If the disk protrusion is on the left side and your pain is on the right side, then it is unlikely that that particular disk protrusion is the cause of your right sided pain. If you do not have any right sided disc protrusion, then your pain may arise from another cause such as your si joint, facet joint, a trigger point, etc. See your physician for further discussion. ...Read more

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2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

Answer: If the pain, weakness and or numbness cannot be controlled with pain medication, stretching exercises, and other nonoperative management, i recommend you see a spine specialist for further recommendations. Severe pain, bowel/bladder incontinence, sudden change in sensation/motor function may require emergent evaluation. ...Read more

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How does an annular tear typically occur?

Twisting: Movements, especially twisting cause microscopic tears in the collagen fibers (tiny structural elements like the fibers or threads of a fabric) of the annulus (part of the disk). The body has some ability to heal such tears, but there is a limit. When the amount of microscopic tears becomes large, the tears connect, causing a larger tear. Sometimes those tears are painful. ...Read more

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Will an annular tear at disk L5 get worse an?

Perhaps: As we age so do our disks. They dry out and can develop cracks or fissures. Most of these don't cause patients symptoms. Your disk may dry out or crack more with time but the real question is if that is important to your symptoms. That's why the test has to be correlated with your pain by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an annular tear the same as a bulging disc?

Is an annular tear the same as a bulging disc?

Different : Annular tear is similar to a sprain--a torn ligament, and not normal. It's presence does not equate to pain. In fact, upon healing the MRI will show a persistent abnormality. Bulging is best described with squeezing the top and bottom of marshmallow. The edges bulge to absorb shock of body weight. This is the job of the disc. If nerves not pressured, completely normal. ...Read more

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Bad back L4 and L5 with a annular tear, what to do?

Bad back L4 and L5 with a annular tear, what to do?

Keep: Your core strong (strength exercise to abdomen and low back muscles, under the supervision of physical therapy. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a sub-acute annular tear at s1 vertebrate?

What does it mean to have a sub-acute annular tear at s1 vertebrate?

Disk injury: Technically is not not a tear of the vertebra (a bone), but the disk between two bones. The outer disk (annulus fibrosis) is made of layers of collagen (a material). Think of them as threads woven in layers. They allow for some flexibility and movement between the bones. With aging and time some of the fibers can tear. If nerve fibers grow into the area, it might be a source of pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an angular annular tear in the vertebral disk space?

What does it mean to have an angular annular tear in the vertebral disk space?

Degeneration: An annular tear is a radiographic term for a bright zone on certain MRI sequences performed of the spine. It is not necessarily a torn annulus, but more likely a delamination of the fibrous rings of the annulus fibrosus (the outer ring of the disc). It is usually associated with degenerative changes to hydration of the disc. With discography, a true tear shows leakage of the radiographic dye. ...Read more

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