An annular tear is a type of injury that occurs in the spine. It is extremely painful and can lead to premature disc degeneration and a host of other problems with chronic pain and immobility. While many annular tears are caused by natural degeneration of annular tissue due to aging, high-impact sports, physically strenuous jobs, and serious accidents can also cause annular injuries.
Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. is here to help if you have suffered an annular tear or any type of serious back or spine injury. Since 1992, we have fought for injured clients across Pennsylvania. We understand that you need to recover fair compensation if you are to receive the best care, for as long as you need it. Financial compensation from a personal injury claim for an annular tear may also cover lost earnings, future loss of wages, emotional trauma, and more.
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What Is an Annular Tear?
Each vertebral bone in the spine is connected to another by an intervertebral disc, which has a strong outer ring of fibrous tissue called the annulus fibrosus. The annular fibers surround the soft jelly-like center of the disc, called the nucleus pulposus. They are responsible for connecting the vertebra together and serve to distribute pressure evenly across the disc. The nucleus serves as a shock absorber. The outer third of the annular ring is filled with pain fibers, and if it is injured, it can cause debilitating pain. A tear may heal over time, but it will leave one prone to future tears and injury. An annular tear may also lead to premature disc, facet joint, and endplate degeneration.
Annular Injury Symptoms & Treatment
An annular injury may cause the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in the back and legs
- Worsening pain caused by bending forward, coughing, sneezing, or lifting
Treatment for an annular tear may include:
- Physical therapy
- Low-impact exercises
- Over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain/inflammation
- In serious cases, surgery may be required
To learn more about annular injuries and your right to compensation, call (215) 608-2183. Our back injury lawyers serve Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania and are ready to assist you.