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Therapy Annular Disc Tear
Don' t worry: Most times, these annular tears are just incidental findings on a MRI more related to actual aging process of the disc rather than to an injury or pain. When they are, 90 % resolve over time. Not smoking can have a significant impact on these changes. Medication and exercise are important as well as avoiding prolonged positioning to reduce load across the disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can ...Read more
Does a annular tear, and disc herniation, at L5-S1 ever go away, and what is the best treatment for it?
Back pain treatment: Subacute and chronic lower back pain are very common in primary care. For patients with acute pain, rapid improvement in pain is the norm after a month. Remain active, and limit bedrest. Try yoga. Use short courses of nonopioid analgesic medications (acetaminophen or NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen) for acute exacerbations of subacute or chronic low back pain ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment for L4/5 posterior protrusion/annular tear; L3/4 and L2/3 posterior bulge, all indenting thecal sac. No neural compression. C4/5/6/7 bulges?
With some challeges: An annular tear is essentially a tear in the cartilage of the disc. Once present it may cause pain but usually one can control it with physical therapy. If the tear is severely painful one can consider a spinal injection and rarely surgery. It all depends on how long one has been in pain and to what degree. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would have happened to the annular tear of the lumbar disc that I suffered two years ago? Would it have healed or will it remain torn forever?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is annular tear in my l4-l5 disc when i had a fall 2months ago and only got MRI done is the tear from the fall ?
Does a disc prolapse with annular tear of one of the lumbar discs predispose me to herniation of adjacent discs in the future?
No: No, it would not make it any more or less likely to have any problems at an adjacent disc. ...Read more
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