Most often times your doctor or your MRI report is referring to a tear of the Annulus Fibrosis. This is the outer layer of your disc.
This disc is made up of an outer fiber called the annulus. This is a cartilaginous material slightly more firm than the inner, more gel-like nucleus pulposis.
When the nucleus leaks out it’s referred to as a disc herniation or protruded disc. This usually creates significant nerve pressure and therefore pain.
We don’t always have to have a bulged disc or a herniated disc to have serious back pain.
You can also simply have a tear in the annulas fibers. The annulus has nerve fibers as well. Often times a tear of the annulus can cause a lot of pain.
With our discs there are a few types of injuries or conditions that cause pain or neurological symptoms. The conditions are disc protrusions (herniated discs), disc bulges, disc degeneration (flattening and bulging), and a disc tear. Nerve fibers in or around the disc get irritated from any one of these disc conditions and can result in serious back and/or leg pain.
CT Spine and Disc Center is located in central Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression