Annular tears occur when the annulus fibrosus, or tough exterior, of an intervertebral disc tears or rips. These discs are important because they act as cushions between your vertebrae and act as shock absorbers while also providing support to the bone structure of the back and neck. If excess stress is placed on a disc from sudden trauma or common uses such as sitting or standing, tears can occur. These tears can be extremely painful, but surgery is not always necessary to repair the damage. Our Connecticut laser therapy experts offer spinal decompression and deep tissue high power laser therapy as an alternative to surgery and medications.
Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy works by healing the disc of the spine by simply re-creating the pumping action of the disc. The disc is a structure that has self-healing properties. However, due to injury, the disc no longer can heal on its own, so spinal decompression therapy engages by gently separating the spinal vertebrae thereby reducing the pressure within the disc (intradiscal pressure).
These cycles of decompression and partial relaxation will help better promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids in the body, moving it from outside of the discs to the inside. Specifically, these nutrients work to help the torn disc fibers heal over a series of visits.
Determining if you are a candidate for this type of treatment or another treatment option at Connecticut Disc & Laser Therapy Centers is important. You can start by setting up an initial consultation with Dr. Dalfino to discuss your condition. He can assess your possible annular tear and evaluate the potential treatment plans available to you.
You can request an evaluation by calling our office at (203) 889-9831.