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Annular Tear & DDD

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello I am new and dont know where to post this.

I was told by my GP that I have DDD and an annular tear that showed on a recent MRI. As well as "Early bilateral facet arthritis."

The only thing he said was to go for physical therapy, and that the tear could rupture the disc.

And I would like to hear from anyone that has experience with an annular tear. Does physical therapy help this or can it make it worse? What do you do for the pain? I am unable to take pain medications.

I had to postpone physical therapy due to another health crisis and still have not been well enough. What do I do?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.






  • I injured my back in 1993,i had the Annular Tear fixed just last year,i havnt had any back surgerys though,pain meds are what helped me with the pain...
  • I have an annular tear and L5-S1 herniated disc impinging on nerve. I really need pain meds. You should look for a Pain Management clinic or Doctor. Take care. 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
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  • If you dont mind my asking How was the tear fixed?
  • sleepershedreams said:
    If you dont mind my asking How was the tear fixed?
    My tear was near the surface of the skin in the anal area,it was like a cut,i had day surgery,and my tear was at the l5-s1....the surgeon made a cut next to the tear, to make it stonrger so it would heal.....
  • My experience with an annular tear & PT wasn't good, but I think it may be due to the fact that my injury happened at work, and I am going thru WCB. They put me in their fast track program, which I found too intense. PT may help you, just make sure that you don't overdo it. Talk to the therapist about how it makes you feel (this wasn't an option in the program I was in we had a handbook), from what I understand a good PT program will work with what you can do and expand on it. Good luck and let us know how you do.
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  • Hi Christine,

    My doctor sent me PT based on X-rays that said I had severe DDD. It didn't help at all. 6 months later I had an MRI that showed 3 annular tears, every disc was bulging, and facet problems as well. She did not prescribe PT after seeing all that, so I'm assuming she didn't think more PT would help.

    I'm also seeing a Pain Management doctor and she hasn't ordered PT either - or mentioned any kind of surgery yet. Maybe that depends on your pain levels. I think, unfortunately, that when you have DDD, tears and things are just a part of it that you might always have - that's sort of what my doctor told me. I've been doing the epidurals and taking pain meds and just "waiting it out". I've heard good things about acupuncture too - I just don't have the time, money or energy to try it yet, but I'd like to soon.

    Strengthing your core muscles is a good idea, but since you have a tear, it might be best if you at least had a therapist show you the safest execises so you don't make it worse. So if your doctor recommends it and your careful and your therapist knows your whole situation, I think it might be worth giving it a try.
  • I had mine repaired by endoscopic microdiscectomy in Dec.07.
  • Hello, I have bulging discs, DDD, and during a myelogram they saw my L4/L5 was torn. During surgery they said it was almost torn in two and a side of it was gone. So everytime I moved, it was pinching nerves. I've had fusion to remove the disc and they put in cages with BMP to enhance the bone growth, but I'm still having pain. Sometimes it feels like the same pain as I had before. I'm hoping that once the fusion is grown together that I won't hurt anymore.

    No, I don't think PT with a tear is really that good, except like someone else said, strengthening the core stomach muscles is supposed to help and not be too bad on tear. Anytime you have a tear, you are leaking fluid out of that disc. It's a herniation but not blowed out of the joints entirely. They are painful I can tell you that much.

    The facet degeneration is painful too. Mine are badly degenerated and I get this popping noise as I move around from them. My NS said that after the fusion that the facts would eventually grow together too and not hit together so bad.

    Not sure what to recommend to you...PT is always a voluntary thing. You go and do what you can. A good PT will not get you to do movements that would tear you worse or cause a complete blowout. Make sure you take a copy of your MRI.
  • I have been recently diagnosed with a torn annular disk and now they are going to put me through PT. I was hit by a semi and that is how this happened. Plus I have cervicle issues that we are going to do PT for. I call it Physical Hell. The pain I experience afterwards is awful. I am on meds for this too. What is an actual cure for the torn annular disk does anyone know?? Thank you
  • I had an annular tear at l5-s1. PT did nothing for me. I ended up with a 360 fusion Feb 1.
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