A discogram is an advanced diagnostic technique that allows us to assess the condition of the spine in order to recommend an effective pain management treatment.
A discogram is a diagnostic test that is used to examine the spine and develop an effective treatment plan for any related pain conditions. Specifically, a discogram allows us to view the discs of the spine, which enables us to diagnose a herniated disc, degenerated discs, and other conditions. If you are unsure of the cause of your back pain, we may recommend a discogram test to ensure that we provide you with the right treatment.
A discogram is performed using a combination of injections and x-ray technology. During the treatment, a special, harmless dye is injected into one or multiple discs in the spine. When examined through an x-ray monitor, this dye will reveal the shape, position, and condition of these discs. With these images, we will be able to pinpoint the source of your pain and recommend an appropriate treatment. The discogram procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform.
After your discogram, you may feel some slight soreness or discomfort in the area where injections were performed. These symptoms are common, and typically fade within a day or two. Still, you should be able to return to your usual activities within a few hours of treatment. After we review your x-rays, we will be able to fully diagnose your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan. At this point, we can discuss any further treatment that is needed.