A discogram, or discography, is a diagnostic test used to determine if a specific intervertebral disc may be causing your back pain. During the procedure, a contrast dye is injected into a suspected disc, followed by imaging that allows our experts to view the disc in detail. This can provide valuable information about the condition of the disc and help in planning appropriate treatment.
Who is a Candidate for a Discogram?
Discograms are typically recommended for patients who have persistent, severe back or neck pain that hasn’t improved with conservative treatments. It’s particularly useful in pinpointing the pain source in patients who may be considering surgical options, such as a disc replacement or spinal fusion.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
The discogram is performed on an outpatient basis. After the area is numbed, a needle is carefully guided into the suspected disc under X-ray guidance. Contrast dye is then injected, and you may be asked if this reproduces your typical pain. Following the procedure, a CT scan may be performed to gain more detailed images of the affected disc. While you may experience some discomfort, our team strives to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Why Choose SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine?
At SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine, we’re committed to providing you with the highest standard of care. Our experienced team has a wealth of knowledge and skill in performing discograms, ensuring accurate results with minimal discomfort. We guide you through every step of the procedure, answer any questions, and provide thorough aftercare instructions. Our primary goal is to help you manage your pain effectively, improve your quality of life, and assist you in making informed decisions about your treatment options.
To learn more about discograms or to determine if this could be the right diagnostic procedure for you, contact us at SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine to schedule a consultation. We’re here to assist you on your journey to a life with less pain.