Annular Tear Articles

Effects of an Annular Tear in the Lumbar Spine
It is more common to develop an annular tear in the lumbar spine than at any other level of the vertebral column. That’s because the lumbar (lower back) region is under almost constant strain from supporting most of the body’s weight while also being subjected to a wide range of stress-inducing movement....

Effects of an Annular Tear in the Thoracic Spine
An annular tear, or a rupture in the fibrous outer wall of an intervertebral disc, is far less common within the thoracic (mid-back) region of the spine than in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions. This is because the 12 thoracic vertebrae are anchored by the rib cage and are therefore...

Effects of an Annular Tear in the Cervical Spine
An annular tear occurs when the tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) of a spinal disc is ruptured. This can happen as a result of a traumatic injury or can occur gradually, as part of the natural aging process. The cervical (neck) region of the spine is particularly vulnerable to annular tears in people...

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