Annular tear treatment is almost always first attempted conservatively through a variety of non-surgical techniques designed to heal the damaged intervertebral disc and alleviate any accompanying discomfort. Once a physician has identified a damaged disc and diagnosed an annular tear – usually with the assistance of an MRI – the physician will work with the patient to develop an appropriate treatment plan to repair it.
People of all ages are susceptible to this condition, which is also known as disc herniation. The most common causes range from a traumatic or sports-related injury to regular wear and tear and normal spine deterioration. As such, treatment options for a disc tear must be tailored to the patient’s age, overall health and level of regular physical activity.
Assuming that the patient isn’t experiencing debilitating or rapidly worsening symptoms, annular tear treatment usually begins with rest, hot or cold compresses, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, low-impact exercise and other alternative treatments. Additional options for annular tear treatment include:
- Deep tissue massage
- Spine alignment correction
- Ultrasound treatment
- Epidural injections
- Pain patches
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation treatment
In most cases, a patient is able to achieve sufficient relief through a targeted regimen of non-surgical treatments over the course of several weeks. However, if the pain is unresponsive to conservative treatment, a spine specialist could recommend more advanced options, including spine surgery, to alleviate the lingering discomfort.
If you are unable to find relief through conservative therapy, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedures as alternatives to open spine surgery. Rather than undergo a highly invasive open back surgery that requires months of rehabilitation, consider the benefits of our effective outpatient procedures. Call today for more information on annular tear treatment, to schedule a complimentary initial consultation, or to request a free review of your MRI or CT scan. It is often possible to find relief from neck and back pain without open spine surgery.