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Circumferential disc bulges with posterior central annular tear at lv3-lv4 and lv4-lv5 intervertebral disc levels causing narrowing of both lateral re?

Circumferential disc bulges with posterior central annular tear at lv3-lv4 and lv4-lv5 intervertebral disc levels causing narrowing of both lateral re?

Symptoms?: These findings may or may not be responsible for your symptoms which are not listed but presumed to be pain. Your doctor will correlate these findings with your symptoms and physical exam to help identify the pain generator as best as possible after which time a directed treatment plan can be formulated.

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Just got my MRI results back and I have 3 herniated disc, and also a posterior annular tear, is that serious? Thank you, kristy.

Just got my MRI results back and I have 3 herniated disc, and also a posterior annular tear, is that serious? Thank you, kristy.

Some concern: When you have 3 herniated disc and annular tear I will be concern because that tear in the annular could lead rupture of that disc, check it out. Good luck.

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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.

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2 Lumbar ESIs, 2 months PT. 2 Broad based bulge, posterior annular tear. Increase paraspinal signals L2/L3&L3/L4 concerning myositis. Need Help!

2 Lumbar ESIs, 2 months PT. 2 Broad based bulge, posterior annular tear. Increase paraspinal signals L2/L3&L3/L4 concerning myositis. Need Help!

Surgery: Unfortunately, it seems like you have failed non-operative care. The epidural steroid injections are the most powerful intervention other than surgery; so if they dontvworkbanf if the pain is bad enough, you may have to sit down with a surgeon and discuss surgical options.

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MRI shows l4-5 posterior disc protusion with annular tear indenting the thecal sac and at l5-S1 posterior central disc bulging with annular tear?

MRI shows l4-5 posterior disc protusion with annular tear indenting the thecal sac and at l5-S1 posterior central disc bulging with annular tear?

Disk bulging: Based on the severity of these findings he treatment modalities will be different. .. Many folks have some mild degree of disk bulging that can be managed with physical therapy and pain control and special exercises...you may need an orthopedic clinic visit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How do you treat an L5/S1 annular tear?

How do you treat an L5/S1 annular tear?

Non operatively: .Start by avoiding prolonged positioning & any repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume those exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardiovascular workouts may help except for rowing & maybe running. If you did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn back core exercises.

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How do physicians treat annular tear in your disc?

How do physicians treat annular tear in your disc?

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.

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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).

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Is an annular tear at your l5-s1 considered a soft tissue injury?

Is an annular tear at your l5-s1 considered a soft tissue injury?

No: It is a soft tissue but this represents a significant mechanical lumbosacral disc injury.

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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?

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?

Not Sure: There is no way to know for sure if the fall caused the tear. To prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt, there would need to be an MRI right before the fall that looked normal.

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