A discography is an interventional procedure that can help identify specific conditions and injuries in the spinal discs. This procedure can be useful for identifying a specific disc that needs to be addressed by the surgeon. Learn more about the procedure and when it can be helpful:

Discography Procedure

A discography, also referred to as a discogram, is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure – meaning it is used to help your physician better diagnose your condition or injury. The goal of a discogram is to determine whether a particular spinal disc is causing a patient’s pain. The procedure involves injecting a contrast dye into the patient’s spinal disc. Once the dye has been injected, an imaging exam (X-ray, CT scan, MRI) is usually ordered to help the physician see the injected disc(s). Discograms are done on an outpatient basis and require local anesthesia.

When a Discography is Helpful

There are numerous instances in which your physician may order a discography. Typically, they are considered after a patient has tried conservative treatments for their back pain (such as physical therapy, steroid injections and stem cell therapies). If you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate several conditions, a discography can be used to narrow the diagnosis. Discograms are often used before a lumbar fusion surgery to help the surgeon get a better picture of the area on which they will be operating.

Edina Pain Clinic

A discography can provide invaluable information about the root cause of your back pain. Contact Florida Pain Center to set up your discography appointment. Fill out our contact form below or give us a call today at  (239) 659-6400.