Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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The full tear through the annular wall does not heal. However, there is some vascularity of the outer 1/3 of the disc and that section can form a scar or “membrane” that can resist further herniation. This membrane is only a fraction of the strength of the original annulus which explains the 10% reherniation rate.

It is estimated that this membrane takes about 6-8 weeks to form and I can tell you that it does not always form in every patient. This is why I have patients be careful about lifting for 6-8 weeks while retraining them in physical therapy.

I think by eight weeks this membrane will be a formed as it is going to be.

Dr. Corenman

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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.