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What is a annular tear at L4-5?

What is a annular tear at L4-5?

The annular tear is a tearing of the disc external surface that may occur with the aging process or with injury. The L4-5 and L5-S1 discs are the most commonly affected. The annulus may thin or bulge or weaken to the point that disc material may extrude into the spinal canal.

How are disc bulges at L4 or L5 with a small annular tear?

Conservative treatment that may include a combination of nerve decompression and noninvasive pain management techniques is used to treat small annular tears with disc bulges at L4 or L5, as stated by Laser Spine Institute. The appropriate treatment for an annular tear depends largely on the cause and severity of the damaged disc.

Where are annular tears located in the spine?

Most commonly these tears can occur in the lumbar spine at L4-L5 and L5-S1, which is part of your low back or lumbar spine. Annular tears happen to your spinal disc. The discs of your spine are located between the bones of vertebrae; like a sandwich.

What are the symptoms of an annular disc tear?

The degree of pain often is directly related to the location and size of the tear. Symptoms associated with an annular tear typically include pain and muscle spasm in the neck, mid or low back although more common in the lower back.

Can a L5 to S1 annular tear be treated with surgery?

If conservative treatments prove to be ineffective for you, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat your L5 to S1 annular tear. If this is your situation, contact USA Spine Care to learn how one of our minimally invasive procedures can help you find relief from neck and back pain without the need for traditional open spine surgery.

Most commonly these tears can occur in the lumbar spine at L4-L5 and L5-S1, which is part of your low back or lumbar spine. Annular tears happen to your spinal disc. The discs of your spine are located between the bones of vertebrae; like a sandwich.

What are the symptoms of a L5-S1 annular tear?

L5-S1 annular tear, 4 months of pain and frustration. Three symptoms can occur. Lower back pain is one typical symptom where any loading of the spine puts undue pressure on this segment and causes stretch of structures that are imbued with pain nerves (nociceptors). The second symptom is instability.

What to do about bulging L4-L5 and S1 discs?

Understanding and treating L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc bulges in your spine when you first begin to feel pain can prevent costly medical treatments and prevent surgery. It is important to understand why your lower back hurts. Or why you are experiencing the current symptoms (i.e. numbness, tingling, ache, stiffness, pain, sciatica, muscle weakness, etc.).

The degree of pain often is directly related to the location and size of the tear. Symptoms associated with an annular tear typically include pain and muscle spasm in the neck, mid or low back although more common in the lower back.