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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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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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If you have an annular tear on one side does that mean on load bearing the nucleus propulsus will bulge out more on that side?

If you have an annular tear on one side does that mean on load bearing the nucleus propulsus will bulge out more on that side?

Possibly: The nucleus will often bulge on the side of the greatest load and if a tear exists the disc material will protrude through this weak spot. ...Read more

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MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...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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2004 mri said central annular tear l4-5 with disk protrusion 8 weeks ago left leg foot numb tingling what is happening?

2004 mri said central annular tear l4-5 with disk protrusion  8 weeks ago left leg foot numb tingling what is happening?

Probable progression: Please follow up with you PCP for appropriate referral. If you already have Lumbar disk disease and have developed numbness/tingling in foot it is most likely a progression and needs appropriate care. ...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?

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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What are asthma spacers?

What are asthma spacers?

Helpers: Spacers are devices to help one use a metered dose inhaler (mdi) correctly. It can be very difficult for some people to use inhalers properly, especially young children. One of the most common reasons someone might feel an inhaler is not helping their asthma is due to using the mdi incorrectly. Spacers work as holding chambers between the inhaler and the patient to better inhale the med. ...Read more

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Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

It depends: Everyone has a different threshold of sensitivity. Where one patient might regard spaces as a mild irritant, another might regard them as painful. For most patients, their placement is regarded as a temporary annoyance, as if there was chicken or a piece of meat caught between the teeth. ...Read more

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Can I have sushi with spacers?

Can I have sushi with spacers?

List of foods: Yes, sushi is OK. However, eating certain foods can cause damage to your braces, bands and wires. Loose bands, broken brackets and broken wires cause delay in your orthodontic treatment and extra cost. Ask your orthodontist for a list of foods to follow. ...Read more

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Can spacers hurt more then braces?

Can spacers hurt more then braces?

Mild discomfort: Only mild discomfort or sensitivity is expected after the placement of spacers or braces. Medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil usually control this discomfort. You should continue normal brushing and flossing around the spacers and braces. Take care. ...Read more

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