An annular tear is when a disc in the spine has torn or ripped open due to constant pressure from the surrounding vertebrae. Typically, this condition is caused by the natural deterioration of the spine with age as well as certain factors like weight gain and inactivity worsening the risk of development. An annular tear can be symptomatic or painful, so it is important to read the following article for information on what symptoms to watch out for and what steps you can take to find relief from this condition.
Annular tear symptoms
For many people, the symptoms of an annular tear develop gradually as the condition worsens. If caught immediately, this condition can sometimes be treated with at-home remedies, such as hot and cold compresses and rest. However, you should continue to monitor your symptoms because if they worsen, you may need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Here are three signs of an annular tear that should prompt you to schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible:
- Symptoms that stay the same. Typically, home remedies should make your annular tear symptoms better. If your symptoms are not responding to rest and over-the-counter medication, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment. He or she can recommend an annular tear treatment plan to help you get back to your normal lifestyle.
- Symptoms that worsen. If your symptoms begin to worsen despite your home remedies, you should contact your doctor to schedule an appointment. This could indicate that your annular tear is worsening, and you want to start treatment before your pain begins to limit your daily activities.
- Difficulty walking or sitting. Sometimes, if an annular tear is compressing a nerve in the lumbar (lower) spine, sitting or standing for extended periods of time can become difficult. This pain can prevent you from doing your daily activities, such as driving or household chores. If you notice any growing pain as you sit or stand, schedule an appointment with your doctor to begin treatment.
Annular tear treatments
There are many conservative treatment options for an annular tear, such as anti-inflammatories, chiropractic care and physical therapy. Depending on the severity of your condition and your medical history, a doctor may recommend a surgical approach to treat your symptoms. If this is the case for you, contact USA Spine Care. Our patients benefit from a shorter recovery time and a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^
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