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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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Spinal Disc (Definition)

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


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My back pain problem is spinal estenose, what you advise? Cirurgury with a spacer on vertebral discs?

My back pain problem is spinal estenose, what you advise? Cirurgury with a spacer on vertebral discs?

Just a decompression: Stenosis is surgically treatedcwith a simple decompression through a small insicion on the back to relieve leg pain with activityt the complex reconstruction you describe is for something entirely different decompression tak e30 min to do one level4weeks to recover from. ...Read more

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Husband right leg does not function uses cane and drags leg. Still falls often. He had surgery to remove disk and had spacer put in but leg no?

Husband  right leg does not function uses cane and  drags leg. Still falls often.  He had surgery to remove disk and  had  spacer  put in  but leg no?

Leg problem: This problem is most likely neurological and related to your husband's back (disk) issue. I assume you have discussed this with the surgeon. If not, do so asap. Nerve injury is certainly a concern. ...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 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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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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What does it mean that I have a large central annular tear w/out focal disc hern in l4-l5&a small cen annular tear in l5-s1 w/out focal disc hern?

What does it mean that I have a large central annular tear w/out focal disc hern in l4-l5&a small cen annular tear in l5-s1 w/out focal disc hern?

Annular tear: a disc is like a jelly donut. a herniation means the jelly is squirting out. An annular tear means there is a crack in the donut but the jelly stays inside. Annular tears often lead to back pain especially with sitting. ...Read more

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What is MRI report L5 s1 broad based disk expansion with small annular tear?

What is MRI report L5 s1 broad based disk expansion with small annular tear?

Bulging disc: As discs age they lose water and become less resilient. This causes broad based bulging of the disc. The ligament on the outer part of the disc (annulus fibrosus) is stressed more when the disc bulges and small annular tears can result. ...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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