More information about annular tears

Annular Tear

Annular tears occur when the annulus fibrosus — the multi-layered outer wall of an intervertebral disc — develops a fissure that may or may not be large enough to release inner disc fluid into the spinal canal. If this central disc colloid — nucleus pulposus — does extrude, it can compress nearby spinal nerves and cause symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. The symptoms can stay localized, but it is more likely that they will occur throughout the extremities that are innervated by the compressed nerve.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that the first step toward meaningful pain relief is educating our patients about their spine conditions. That’s why we have compiled a list of articles that provide in-depth explanations about the causes, symptoms and treatments of annular tears and disc herniation. You can also learn more about our minimally invasive procedures that have offered tens of thousands of patients a welcomed alternative to the risks of open spine surgery.

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If you have an annular tear and would like more information about the condition and your options for minimally invasive treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute today.