Why is discography offered?
Discography is offered to determine if the source of a patient’s pain is the intervertebral discs. Intervertebral discs are the cushions between the vertebrae in the spine. Typically, discs do not cause pain. However, patients can have degenerated discs that can be painful. Discography is offered if a patient has low back pain that does not respond to earlier measures and there is evidence of a degenerated disc.
What is discography?
Discography is a diagnostic procedure in which we are trying to identify the source of back pain. A needle is placed into the disc and contrast is then injected. Information, such as disc disruption and whether or not the disc is a source of pain is gathered during the procedure.
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