What is Annular Tear?
The annulus is the external ligament surrounding the disc. When the annular ligament is torn there may be leakage of inflammatory enzymes and even the internal jelly (nucleus pulposus) . The annulus is heavily innervated with nerve fibers that are very sensitive to pain.
Definition Annular Tear
Due to injury and a number of degenerative conditions, the tough exterior ligaments of the disc may tear causing pain and other symptoms. The tear may be partial thickness or through and through causing some difference in symptoms.
Symptoms of Annular Tear
Annular Tear Symptoms Include:
- Annular tear symptoms occur when the annular ligament tough exterior rips allowing the internal jelly (nucleus pulposus) to leak out. The annulus is filled with nerve fibers that are very sensitive to pain. The nerves respond strongly to the seepage of the internal nucleus jelly. This typically causes chronic back pain.
- If the internal jelly spills outside the disc it is a disc herniation and can be especially painful. Other symptoms of a herniated disc include Numbness, Tingling, and Weakness of arm or leg.
What Causes Annular Tear?
Causes of Annular Tear Include:
- Most annular tears are caused by natural aging of the disc. The discs are susceptible to wear and tear over time. Traumatic injury also may cause annular tears from sports, strenuous occupations, or accidental.
- If suffering from annular tear symptoms, several treatment options are available.