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Lumbar disc protrusion with annular tear

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    Default Lumbar disc protrusion with annular tear
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    Is 847.2 used for traumatic disc rupture with annular tear and how is it different from 722.10? Thanks.

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    Denver Colorado
    These are two different conditions...

    Sprain / Strains refer to an overstretch or tear injury to ligaments, tendons or muscles. Here is a link for an article on sprains / strains:

    Whereas a lumbar vertebral disc protrusion with annular tear is a tear in the annulus (the outside wall of a vertebral disc) and there is a protrusion of the nucleus (the water-rich gel-like vertebral disc center) into the epidural space. Disc protrusions can put pressure on the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerves as they exit the foraminal opening:

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    Thank you. I appreciate the information.

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