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Doctor insights on: How Does An Annular Tear Typically Occur

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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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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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What does a annular tear at l-5 and grade 1 spondylolisthesis of l-5 at s1 mean?

What does a annular tear at l-5 and grade 1 spondylolisthesis of l-5 at s1 mean?

Depends on symptoms: If these are findings on your MRI hopefully the doctor who ordered it has shown you the pictures and discussed how it could relate to your problems. If not, get a better doctor. The annular tear is a fissure in the outside of the disc. Spondylolisthesis is when 1 vertebrae slips forward or backward on another. Google both terms and you'll get a lot of info. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is a broad based disc protrusion with paracentral annular tear?

Can you tell me what is a broad based disc protrusion with paracentral annular tear?

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. ...Read more

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Is a finding of an annular tear on a MRI indicative of trauma?

Is a finding of an annular tear on a MRI indicative of trauma?

Possibly: It could either be the result of a distinct traumatic episode, or the result of repetetive stress (ie- running, jumping, etc). ...Read more