Treating an Annular Tear

What is an Annular Tear?

Most doctors approach annular tear treatment conservatively through various nonsurgical techniques designed to promote the healing of the damaged spinal disc and relieve any accompanying discomfort. Once a physician has identified a damaged disc and diagnosed an annular tear — usually with an MRI — the physician will work with the patient to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Then, a doctor will monitor your condition while the body attempts to repair it.

People of all ages are susceptible to this condition which can lead to a herniated disc. The most common causes range from regular wear associated with aging to traumatic injury. As such, treatment options for a disc tear must be tailored to the patient’s age, overall health, and level of regular physical activity.

Treatment Options

Assuming that the patient isn’t experiencing debilitating or rapidly worsening symptoms, annular tear treatment usually begins with options like rest, hot or cold compresses, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, or low-impact exercise. Some patients also attempt alternative treatments but should stay in partnership with their primary care doctor if they do so. Additional options for annular tear treatment include:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Spine alignment correction
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Epidural injections
  • Pain patches
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation treatment

If Surgery Becomes Necessary…

Sometimes, conservative treatment options are ineffective, meaning you may be a candidate for surgery. At BEST Health System, we promote the use of minimally invasive techniques to provide relief for patients dealing with chronic pain. While intrusive surgery may be necessary in specific cases, it should not be the norm. The fact is that minimally invasive procedures work for many orthopedic and spine conditions.

Are you ready to find a solution to your chronic pain? Don’t wait any longer. Contact BEST Health System today to get started with a treatment plan.