A discography (sometimes referred to as a discogram) is an injection technique used for diagnostic purposes in order to evaluate patients with back pain. This noninvasive procedure pressurizes the discs by injecting them with a sterile liquid in order to induce pain in the affected discs and determine if one or more discs are at the root of the patient's back pain.
WHAT IS A DISCOGRAPHY?
During a discography procedure, using a small needle and X-ray for guidance, contrast dye is injected into the center of one or more spinal discs. If a disc that has been injected is the source of the pain, it will begin temporarily reproducing the patient's symptoms. Depending on the number of discs that are being evaluated, the procedure typically lasts about an hour.
Wondering if a discography can address your painful condition? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET A DISCOGRAPHY?
A discography is typically considered for patients who are suffering from debilitating lower back, groin, hip and/or leg pain, and have exhausted all conservative treatment options despite undergoing a variety of other diagnostic procedures. A discography can assist in determining the primary source of the pain, especially if spine surgery is being contemplated.
If you suspect a discography might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.