Central disc herniation at L5-S1

I've been going through research for about a week now regarding the self healing mechanisms involved in disc herniation.
It is my understanding that the disc itself goes through an expedited rehabilitation through a process called resorption and that most to all herniated discs resolve themselves absent of surgery.
In going through the research, it is apparent that the annulus material takes a lot longer to heal(if it heals at all) and has a limited healing ability.
What I'd like to know is, how can this be possible if it's documented that 70-90 percent of herniated discs resolves themselves? Wouldn't this resolution involve the healing of the annulus fibrous (keeping the disc from seeping out) - is the research missing something or am I?

Thank You for your time.

Posted By Steven A on August 16, 2011 at 17:20:16:

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