Annular Tear Diagnosis
Following a physical assessment, a spine specialist typically perform one or more diagnostic tests. Annular Tears are usually best seen on a CT discography, which utilizes dye to identify the annular tear. However, CT discography can be painful and not well tolerated. An MRI can be used to visualize disc architecture painlessly; however, in some cases, a tear might not be visible.
Treatments for an Annular Tear
Patients who suspect they could have this condition or any other degenerative spine condition should seek the care of specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. There are several conservative treatment options for annular tears available that may allow a patient to regain their quality of life, including anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and/or steroid injections. If these measures fail to provide adequate relief, contact our specialists at Spine & Orthopedic Center.