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Annular Tear vs. Herniated Disc
Posted on January 22, 2020 by Neuromicrospine

Find out the difference between these two common injuries. 

Annular tears and herniated discs—both injuries that involve the vertebrae of the spine—have similar symptoms, so it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between the two. 

The two injuries can be related, but they are two separate conditions. Here’s how you can tell the difference between an annual tear and a herniated disc, and what you can expect from recovery for each.

What Is an Annular Tear?

To explain what an annular tear is, let’s first take a little tour of your...

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Herniated Disc While Pregnant
Posted on December 15, 2019 by Neuromicrospine

About This Blog:

  • Having a history of poor spinal health or a herniated disc during pregnancy can make this special time particularly painful or worrisome for new and veteran mothers.
  • Fortunately, most disc issues do not pose a threat to the health of the baby and they can be mitigated through lifestyle changes or minor procedures.
  • In this blog, Dr. Mark Giovanini of NeuroMicroSpine explains what patients can do to manage their herniated...
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Common Issues That May Lead to Spinal Surgery
Posted on November 17, 2019 by Neuromicrospine

Most people with back or neck pain never need surgery, but sometimes the pain is so severe that it’s the only answer. Issues that can lead to a need for spinal surgery range from accidents that cause a herniated disk to degenerative conditions like arthritis.

Most people will be able to cope with those issues with pain medication, physical therapy, and other strategies, but a few will need more help. Here are some of the issues that may lead a patient to see a spinal surgeon.

  • Damaged disks. We have disks in our backs—rubbery cushions between each...
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