DO I NEED A DISCOGRAM?
Many Americans suffer from back pain in the United States. In fact, a survey conducted by Statista cited that 54% of adults have experienced back pain for five years or longer. You don’t have to live in constant pain, you can experience pain relief. A discogram is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to help determine whether one or more discs within the spinal column are the cause of a patient’s back pain. With this procedure, a special dye is injected where the suspected damaged disc is located. Once the dye is injected, it moves into any cracks of the discs exterior, which can be seen on the X-ray. The dye shows the discs clearly and shows the doctor where the damaged discs are located in addition to the cause of back pain.
The discogram procedure is an imaging test that can temporarily recreate the patient’s back symptoms to locate the source of the pain. It typically will subside within a few hours. Following the procedure, the physician will have the next step on how to treat your back pain.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY A DISCOGRAM
A discogram is used to treat numerous conditions, however, there are certain spinal conditions that a discogram most often treats. The most common conditions are:
- Bulging discs
- Chronic back pain
- Degenerative discs
- Herniated discs
The team at Jenkins NeuroSpine are ready to help you achieve pain relief. If you’ve been experiencing chronic back pain, and conservative treatment options have not worked, it’s time to try something different. The first step to achieving pain relief is getting an accurate diagnosis. Try our treatment finder tool below to see if a discogram is the right treatment for you.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A DISCOGRAM?
A discogram is a minimally invasive procedure that assesses if a specific intervertebral disc is the root cause of your back pain. The procedure typically takes up to one hour, however, this is dependent on how many disc levels your physician needs to evaluate. After the procedure is completed, patients are able to go home the same day.
Patients who have exhausted other conservative treatment options like physical therapy or over-the counter prescriptions may be a good candidate for this procedure.
If you’ve been living with chronic back pain, and have not experienced relief, you may be a good candidate for a discogram. The team at Jenkins NeuroSpine are specialists that are ready to help you get back to a pain free life.
To determine if you’re a candidate for a discogram, your pain management physician will review:
- Your diagnosed spine condition
- Other treatments you’ve completed
- How your spine condition has progressed
- All diagnostic imaging completed
The team at Jenkins NeuroSpine is ready to help you restore your quality of life. If you’re ready to achieve pain relief and get your quality of life back, complete our candidacy check tool below.