Annular Tear - Laser treatment experience anyone?

Hello Members,

Just joined the forum 1 min ago :D. Found so much useful information here and its good to know different experiences. I have been having lower back pain for 2 years now and during my first visit with the spine specialist, after some analysis he suspected it could be an annular tear. He however didnt want me to do an MRI. He said I needed to make some "Lifestyle Changes". I was 33 that time and didnt like the sound of that. I didnt want to live with limited mobility and always being extra careful during any physical work.

Anyway he recommended to do physio which I did for 2 months. It didnt give me much relief. After this, I did some research on my own and found a chiro who said he could help. I took a number of sessions with chiro and combined it with physio. Since then my pain has reduced by 80% but its still there and there is always discomfort especially when I don't go for physio & chiro sessions. I do not want this to be a lifelong thing and always depend on physio. 

So I am looking for an alternative treatment to help me heal the pain. I found laser treatment as an option. Not an invasive as a surgery and quicker recovery. Would love to hear if anyone has done this and to hear their experience? If you YT annular tear treatment, there is a doctor who has uploaded several videos. From google search, there are many positive reviews but the paranoid me find it hard to trust online reviews so would love to hear yo



  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,234
    edited 03/23/2020 - 4:55 PM

    I’m very skeptical of that procedure. Once a tear happens that area is forever compromised; however, several doctors have told me that many times tears will reabsorb back into the disk space and no longer cause pain. 

    Have you had an MRI? If not how do you know you have a tear?

    Did you have an injury that caused the initial pain or was it a gradual onset?

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,169

    Welcome ssajnani to the Veritas Health Forum.

    I agree with L4_L5, without a MRI you don't know for sure.

    While you’re waiting for a reply to your first post, please take a few moments to review the Code of Conduct and FAQ section, located under Forum Tools. There you will find important information about posting in the forum and helpful tips for new members.

    Here’s a great article about back pain on Spine-health that you might want to check out: Back Pain Overview: A Guide for Understanding Back Pain. The article outlines common lower back pain causessymptoms, and treatments. It’s a very comprehensive article. I hope you find this information helpful.

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  • Oops an entire paragraph is missing there. Yes recently I was frustrated not knowing the reason why I have the pain so I did the MRI to know the reason. I do have an annular tear. I am guessing I have this due to my workouts and not doing in proper form back in the day.

  • Do you have any pain going down your leg?

  • In the beginning yes, however after the chiro and physio I don't get it now 

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  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,234
    edited 03/25/2020 - 2:46 PM

    @ssajnani That’s a hard call. In my experience neurosurgeons won’t do surgery on annular tears. PT and injections is the route to follow in my experience. Did your MRI mention stenosis? Has anyone recommended injections? At least your leg pain is gone. That’s good news.

  • Bumping this thread ..Anyone done laser procedure? Would love to hear your experience.

    Thank you.

  • Type in laser surgery in the search box at the top right of your screen, there are a few discussions there


  • Hi Challenger, 

    The search function is not effective. It's a Google search which gives results from all over the web and not specifically from this site.

    Am I missing something?

  • I have not had any laser surgery, the biggest laser surgery company {Laser Spine Instute} went out of business some time ago.


  • ssajnanisssajnani Posts: 7
    edited 03/29/2020 - 11:56 AM you know why?  I am hoping to get real reviews as I feel some of the online reviews could be fabricated.

    Edited by Sandra for doctor's name.

  • The only information I saw was what I read, and it was only on that one company, their success rate was not great, but that's not saying other's are the same.


  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,234
    edited 03/29/2020 - 12:40 PM

    I forgot to mention when I was in PT for a non-back problem I saw a person I know from work. He too had an annular tear. The exercises prescribed to him got him out of pain and he’s working out again. An annular tear isn’t necessarily a death sentence.

    I don’t know how old you are but I know many people over 55 who say if they don’t do their exercises every day the pain will come back.

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