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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

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. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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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?

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?

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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Just had MRI after 4 months of low back pain. Mri shows annular tear and mild disk bulge. About how long does this take to heal.

Just had MRI after 4 months of low back pain. Mri shows annular tear and mild disk bulge. About how long does this take to heal.

Whats the treatment?: You have an injury, what are you doing to fix it? It is possible the problem isn't disc pain and could be musculoskeletal pain in which case physical therapy and a home exercise program would be most beneficial. Most back pain heals within 3 months so if its not healing try something else, like anti inflammatories or pain management. Don't get discouraged and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Pain generator: The true task is to discover the pain generator, and the annular tear is unlikely to be the culprit. You might have pyriformis syndrome, peripheral sciatica, or even a sacra-iliac dysfunction. Find a physiatrist and get this diagnosed, as this will certainly facilitate your rehab. ...Read more

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What could cause a annular tear in lumbar spine l5?

What could cause a annular tear in lumbar spine l5?

Annular tear: The disk is made of two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposis and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. As we age, the connective tissue of the body dries out and becomes stiffer, producing wrinkles and bulges in our skin- parts of our body sag and bulge as we age, including disks. Annular fissures or tears are asymptomatic cracks in disks, a weak spot where a disk might herniate. ...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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Can a herniated L-5 with annular tear plus oa in the spine cause pain and spasm in calf muscle In the leg?

Can a herniated L-5 with annular tear plus oa in the spine cause pain and spasm in calf muscle In the leg?

Possibly: If your disc rupture is compressing the S-1 nerve root, just below L-5, referred pain in both calf and foot might be experienced. If this is an underlying progression, your doctor needs to know so that preventative treatment can be started. ...Read more

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Can a herniated, and annular tear, in L-5 cause pain, tingling, and cramps in legs, and feet? I also have moderate OA in lumber spine.

Can a herniated, and annular tear, in L-5 cause pain, tingling, and cramps in legs, and feet? I also have moderate OA in lumber spine.

Yes: Sorry to hear :(. Those can be very painful, but with multimodal treatment and time the symptoms can be treated and usually resolve. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in my calf muscle, had a ultrasound neg. for PAD. I have herniated, and annular tear in L5 disc, osteoarthritis in lumbar. Is my back the cause?

TOO YOUNG FOR PAD: You are too young for PAD I will worry more about DVT. Specially if you have some swelling with the calf tenderness. It really depend on how where and when you are getting the pain walking? Standing? Is it aches or could it be muscle cramps how far you have to stop walking because of the pain does the pain goes away by stopping or you have to sit down to get relief yes your back could be the probl ...Read more

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Would worsening lower spine damage cause bone on bone pain and leg weakness? Prev MRI diagnosis annular tear, ddd, scoliosis...

Would worsening lower spine damage cause bone on bone pain and leg weakness?  Prev MRI diagnosis annular tear, ddd, scoliosis...

Possibly: Your brief description of MRI findings demonstrate degenerative disease which would get slowly worse with time. If the leg weakness is new, i would see your doctor and get evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Constant r arm/shoulder pain, tingliing, hand swells & turns cold × 5yrs. Mri: c5-c6 & c6-c7 disk ostephyte complex, disk protrusion with annular tear, central canal stenosis. Could this be the cause?

Constant r arm/shoulder pain, tingliing, hand swells & turns cold × 5yrs. Mri: c5-c6 & c6-c7 disk ostephyte complex, disk protrusion with annular tear, central canal stenosis. Could this be the cause?

Yes: Your symptoms may represent what we call radiculopathy. This occurs as a result of your nerves being pinched as they exit the spine by your protruding disc and osteophytes. You may benefit from an injection of steroid into the area of pressure of the nerve which may help your symptoms. Consult a physiatrist or spine specialist. ...Read more

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Started having low back pain a few weeks ago, Had a MRI Taken on My hip and it showed a labral tear partial detachment and insertional tendinopathy . Would This cause back pain?

Started  having  low back pain  a  few weeks  ago,  Had a  MRI  Taken   on  My  hip  and  it showed  a labral  tear  partial detachment   and insertional tendinopathy . Would  This  cause back  pain?

Yes: Hip problems may cause back pain. If the treatment for your hip does not help the back pain, then further evaluation is necessary. Worrisome symptoms that accompany back pain can include: fever, unexplained weight loss, numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of control of bowel or bladder function. Should these occur (or anything else that alarms you) notify your doc or get seen. ...Read more

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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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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more