The neck and back bear the majority of a person’s body weight and are highly vulnerable to deterioration. In fact, by age 30, the spines of most men and women are less durable and flexible than they were in their peak state. Oftentimes, annular tears are the result of aging and the natural wear and tear that transpires as our body changes and becomes older. Some additional factors that may lead to an annular tear are:
If you encounter one or more of the above, you may be at risk for an annular tear or another spine-related difficulty. Even if you are not yet experiencing symptoms, speak with your doctor about the best ways to maintain spinal health. Prevention plays a crucial role in the life-long wellness of the spine.
Usually, patients do not realize they have an annular tear until they begin to encounter symptoms of another condition that has developed as a result of the injury, such as the symptoms associated with a herniated disc or a compressed nerve. If you suspect you may be sustaining an annular tear, the following indicators may corroborate your speculations:
At Microspine, Dr. T regularly helps patients identify and treat a number of spine-related complications. Through innovative, patient-centric care, we strive to provide long-term solutions, so that patients can return to their everyday activities without pain and other disabling symptoms.
During your initial consultation, Dr. T and Microspine team will carefully and compassionately analyze your medical history and physical state. Then, we will work with you to recommend the treatment or surgery that may be the best option for your unique situation. If you are suffering from an annular tear, components of your recuperation process will depend upon the severity and location of the crack, any secondary complications and other medical factors. An imaging test, such as an MRI scan, may be requested.
Generally, we encourage implementing conservative treatments, such as lifestyle changes and physical therapy, prior to exploring surgical intervention. In some cases, however, an annular tear may need to be addressed through minimally invasive surgery. To perform a minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon typically uses a thin, flexible laparoscopic camera and advanced instruments to create tiny incisions. When compared to traditional open operations minimally invasive surgeries yield many benefits, including:
We look forward to speaking with you!