I have been diagnosed with DDD in the Lumbar region of the spine. I am going for my second MRI. The first MRI I had done showed an Annular Tear that looks pretty small. What it looks like now, will be determined through the new MRI. Anyway, my question is, do all Annular Tears require surgery? Can I go through physical therapy to remedy the problem? I have pain that goes down my leg, but mainly it feels like someone really kicked me in my lower butt...LOL.
And it hurts like crazy to sit. And I have zero reflex in my right achilles heel.
Can anyone here please give me some input? Surgery, no surgery? Physical Therapy...etc.