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Annular Tear

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have an annular tear following a ski fall almost 4 weeks ago. There is no disc bulge or herniation and I have no referred pain or leg pain etc. The sharp pains I was having during the initial 3 weeks after the fall have mostly subsided and the injury is improving daily.
What is the prognosis for this type of tear? Will it heal? How long before I am able to return to full activities which include rock climbing, mountain biking and trekking up mountains with heavy packs? Any advice would be appreciated.


  • I know an annular tear is painful because I also have one as well as a herniated disc. There must be a reason you tore the disc and you have to be careful as once that tear is there there could be risk of herniation. I'm not a Dr but understand that I had pain 3 months before I worked through the pain and herniated the disc. It's now over a year out of work for me as I'm slowly healing. I know you'll need a pain management Dr and an Ortho referral. I hope you get back to the rocks again soon. I know there have been many who enjoy that kind of adventures. Are you on any pain meds? Good luck. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for the info Charry. I need to try to avoid surgery but will do whatever is necessary to make a speedy recovery and get back to my activities.
  • I had a tear that wasn't ever going to heal. The disc was degenerated and dried out and bulging on the other side. There was also a chunk missing so my vertebras rocked around. Not everyone heals, but there is a good chance that yours will, if the disc is healthy otherwise and you don't have the tendency towards arthritis or degenerative problems. Like the other have said, the lessening of pain is a very good sign and to refrain from doing a whole lot right now.

    Wish you the best!
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