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Annular Tear in my lower Back.

backpain99bbackpain99 Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
I havnt been told of the grade. But the specialist seems to think its minor. I havnt developed full sciatica, but
just small numbess in my foot.

The pain in my back is ok if im not doing too much.
The specialist told me not to lift for 3 months.
And to let it heal, and by then i may be able to slowly get back into things.

Im looking at doing some physio.

Is there any suggestions that anyone could give that could
help the injury?

Also, are there any surgery options for this injury if it doesnt heal with in the 3 months?


  • Hopefuly it will heal up if its not severe. I would try drinking lot of water to help hydrate the disc and maybe look at some vitamins and natural remedy to preserve the disc. That would be the best bet cause surgery no guarantee what it can cause.

    I was suprised to read here on an older post where they talked about some procedure to repair the tear that i never knew about before. But do everything you can naturaly for your spine will never be the same once you have surgery. Best wishes
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Ok, ive got some glucosomine, and magnesium and soem vitamins, is there any other supplements that anyone is aware of that can help the healing process?
  • I would think pool thearapy would help also. Its worth to try everything especialy now while your pain is not out of control yet and who knows you might be able to beat the ods of knowing you can end up in severe pain for life if you dont take care of it now without surgery. I would do anything knowing what i know now after surgery and would never jump in to surgery even if i had to work hard to protect my back and condition myself dailey water thearapy and whatever else it took. Wish you best of luck and make that sucker heal,,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Ok, im seeig a physio tomorrow, so hopefully they will give me some good treatment to do.
    I want to give it every possiblility i can to heal it naturaly. So im very hopeful it all goes ok.
  • Hey there,
    Sorry to hear of your injury. The good news is you've found yourself what I believe to be a good doctor.

    A family member had the same thing but couldn't pin-point it to anything specific. He opted for conservative treatment (PT, ibuprofin, rest, etc.). He wasn't sure he picked the right course of action because he was seeing variable results. After that he was worried he'd have to get surgery but they tried steroid which gave him relief so they went with ESI (epidural injection). He had a scare 2 days after because as his back got better, his muscles tightened up but after that he's been doing well. He's SO glad he gave conservative treatment a try...it was a tough 3 months but he's been feeling good for a month now.

    In my opinion, always better to give conservative and non-surgical treatment a try. Once you start operating on the back (especially lower back) it's a slippery slope...you can't go back in time.

  • thanks! im going to work very hard to get myself healed up.
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