Even a small annular tear can cause big problems

An annular tear may be just a small tear in a spinal disc, but it can cause big problems for your daily activities. Some people never notice that they have an annular tear, but for the people who experience the pain and symptoms that this condition can sometimes cause, this small tear is nothing to overlook.

Annular tear pain can be both mentally and physically exhausting, causing you to miss out on the regular activities you enjoy. Things that were once easy, like walking and golfing, have now become too painful to do. Read on to learn what steps to take to relieve the symptoms associated with this condition.

Taking the first step to finding annular tear treatment

The first step to finding treatment for the pain caused by an annular tear is to schedule an appointment with your doctor to diagnose the cause, severity and location of your condition. This is determined through a series of tests, including:

  • Physical examination
  • Questions
  • Imaging (MRI or CT scan)

Once your doctor gathers the necessary information, he or she can recommend a treatment option designed for your specific condition. Many physicians will begin with a conservative treatment recommendation, such as physical therapy, chiropractic care or pain medication. This allows the body time to heal naturally while still curbing the symptoms of pain and discomfort.

Surgery for an annular tear

In some cases, conservative treatment does not reduce the pain and symptoms of an annular tear. This may occur when the tear in the disc is severe and the inner disc fluid is leaking into the spinal canal. In these cases, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our outpatient procedures can provide you with lasting relief.

For patients suffering from an annular tear, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery designed to relieve the pain at its core cause, by removing the damaged part of the disc that is pressing on the nerve root. Our decompression surgery removes a small portion of the damaged disc, while our stabilization surgery removes the entire disc and replaces it with an artificial disc to support the spine.

Many patients are able to find relief through our decompression surgery, while our stabilization surgery is used in more severe cases of disc damage. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform these procedures using a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate symptoms while resulting in less bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time and a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^

To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and request a review of your MRI or CT scan at no-cost.*