Disc Tear

What is a Disc Tear?

A Disc Tear, also known as an annular tear, occurs when the outer layer of a spinal disc (the annulus fibrosus) suffers a crack or rupture. This condition can lead to disc degeneration, causing the inner gel-like substance (nucleus pulposus) to bulge out or herniate, which may press on nearby nerves. Disc tears are a common source of back pain and can result from aging, injury, or repetitive stress on the spine.

Symptoms of a Disc Tear

The symptoms of a disc tear can vary based on the tear's severity and location. They may include localized back pain, especially with movement, radiating pain in the arms or legs if the tear is near a nerve, stiffness, and discomfort during sitting or bending. Some individuals might also experience numbness or tingling in affected areas due to nerve irritation.

Treatment for Disc Tear

The Spine Center offers a comprehensive approach to treating disc tears, aiming to relieve pain and restore function. Treatment plans crafted by Dr. Saqib Siddiqui may include medication to manage pain and reduce inflammation. For cases where symptoms persist despite conservative management, advanced options such as epidural steroid injections or minimally invasive surgery are available. These treatments are designed to alleviate pressure on the nerves and support the healing process.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Experiencing symptoms of a disc tear can be unsettling, but with the right treatment plan, many patients find significant relief and a return to their normal activities. Dr. Saqib Siddiqui and the team at The Spine Center are dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs. To explore your treatment options and start on the path to recovery, schedule your consultation today by calling (210) 265-1116 or booking online. Let us help you take the first step towards a healthier spine.

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