Re: Posterior Annular Tear
valid point...i do stand corrected on the healing part. mine wasn't gonna heal on its own...i think it may have something to do with the size of the tear. mine was HUGE.
i went to an ortho for making all of these decisions, rather than a pm, but what's most important is to find a competent, qualified, trustworthy expert. that's paramount in my book.
and i also agree that, given your age & health, that trying non-op first is VITAL. idet was my last hope, and although insurance doesn't cover it, i had to give it a try. i just couldn't do surgery yet.
however, if surgery is your only or best option, fusion is rough but the best of those is called bone morphogenic protein. artificial disc replacement has had good results too. again, don't work for everyone, but these 2 are the most recent and therefore have the best success rates.
had discogram/discography, so can give feedback on that...although there's another thread discussing that topic that should be close to the front of this board.
hope this helps.
Sciatica, L3-4 Tear, Spinal Stenosis, DDD L3-S1
Fusion (BMP) L4-5 '11
Anterior Fusion (BMP) L3-S1 '13