Annular tear is a tear or rupture in the disc and it can happen anywhere around the disc. An annular tear can be very painful if the tear happens in the outer 1/3 of the disc’s annular ring because it is innervated with pain fibers. An annular tear can have many different symptoms such as:
- pain at the site of the damaged intervertebral disc
- burning sensation
- numbness in the arms or legs and pain
- weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
More about Annual Tears
Inside each disc is soft fluid that resembles gelatin. The outer part of each disc is a hard shell made of connective fibers. These connective fibers are known as annulus fibrosus. As a person grows older, the discs in their spinal column often become worn. The wear can lead to health problems. One common health problem is a tear in the annulus fibrosus. The tear is what’s called an annular tear.
Wear and age are not the only reasons why a disc tears. An injury can cause an annular tear. Normal wear and tear on a person’s body can also cause the tear in a disc. Normal wear and tear on discs often occur when a person is on auto-pilot. This means they are going about their daily tasks without thinking about their posture, walking or other routine movements. Bad habits such as slouching, binding to pick up things and climbing the stairs can lead to an annular tear.
A tear in a disc does not seem like it can lead to serious symptoms. However, it can do a lot of damage. The tear in an interior disc actually weakens the disc. This increases the chances that the torn disc could future deteriorate. For example, the deteriorating disc could impinge on the person’s spinal nerve. To learn more about the condition, let’s look at annular tear symptoms, pain and annular tear treatment.
How can you find relief from an annular tear?
The best course of action would be to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor in Omaha. Chiropractic care can help treat annular tears or fissures by addressing the cause of the tear instead of just chancing symptoms. The reason why chiropractic care is a good choice to treat annular tears is because with any tears in the disc can cause inflammation, which will cause nerve inference. With nerve interference from the tear can cause pain at the site of the damaged disc, burning sensation, numbness in the arms or legs, and pain, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs. A chiropractic adjustment will relieve the nerve inference and allow the body to perform at its highest potential, which will help the annular tear to heal and help relieve any discomfort from the body.
Annular tears without treatment
An annular tear can heal without any treatment, but it will be prone to tearing again and it could get worst without treatment. That is why we recommend getting chiropractic adjustment to correct the issue and get long lasting relief.
What can lead to annular tears?
The main cause of an annular tear is growing older. Discs in the spinal column lose their durability as a person grows older. This causes the discs to weaken. The annular fibers soon begin tearing. Other things can cause an annular tear such as excess body weight. Excess body weight places a lot of pressure on the vertebrae and discs.
Daily tasks can cause an annular tear such as twisting and bending. These tasks can cause small tears in the annulus fibrosus. An injury can also cause an annular tear. For example, a person who is in a car accident could suffer an annular tear.
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