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One thing that all disc herniation's have in common, is that they all occur as a result of an annular tear. The annulus is like a retaining wall and an annular tear is a weak spot or defect in that portion of the “the wall” that is supposed to retain the central nuclear material.Read more » "Disc Herniation"
Annular tears refer to an injury to the disc that acts as a cushion between the vertebrae of the spine. Simply speaking, the disc is made of two parts, the soft center (nucleus) and the thick covering that wraps around (annulus) and contains the nucleus.Read more » "Annular Tear"
Facet Syndrome is a situation that people who are a little older are going to get. It is a progressive disease that starts almost at zero and can account for 40% of low back pain complaints, certainly as we get into our 70s and 80s. The problem is a result of the facet joints.Read more » "Facet Syndrome"
Sciatic pain is often called sciatica and is a result of compression, irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. It can also give rise to to back pain. Three things can happen when a nerve is compressed.Read more » "Sciatica"
Pinching means to squeeze or compress and cause pain with enough pressure. When a nerve is compressed the result is often pain, but can also give rise to numbness and weakness.Read more » "What is a Pinched Nerve?"
Foraminal stenosis affects both men and women and is most common in older adults (50+); typically, the normal “wear-and-tear” effects of aging and arthritis of the spine cause it. (Degenerative changes of the spine are seen in up to 95% of people by the age of 50!)Read more » "Foraminal Stenosis"
Spinal stenosis is a common condition that occurs when the space around the nerves or spinal cord narrows. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerve roots, often leading to symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. The condition usually begins gradually and progresses over time as the narrowing increases.Read more » "Spinal Stenosis"