I just got my husbands MRI report. It shows an large annular tear on both the right and left sides of the L5-S1 disc and an annular bulge. What does that mean annular tear? He also has a large disc herniation at L4-L5 but it says nothing about an annular tear that that level. I thought if you have a herniation you have a tear in the disc and that is why the disc material is spilling out.
He also has a disc bulge at L3-L4. His spine is pretty messed up but he is not in pain anymore which is amazing with all of these findings in his MRI. It was taken 3 weeks ago.
My L5-S1 disc has herniated on me many times and there never has been any mention of an annular tear or anything like that in the reports.