Discography is a test that is utilized to confirm if the degenerative disc is the pain generator. A needle is placed into the disc under x-ray guidance and pressurized using saline. If the disc is the pain generator, the typical back pain should be reproduced. Several disks may be injected to try to pinpoint the cause of your back pain.

This test is necessary when diagnostic images such an MRI or CT scan cannot precisely identify which disc is the cause of your pain. Sometimes, a disc can appear abnormal on a scan, but not actually be causing pain. In other cases, a patient may have more than one abnormal disc on a scan, and the spine specialist needs to determine if pain is coming from one or both of these abnormal appearing discs. Once the painful disc is identified, it can then be treated.

For more information on how the specialists at Cary Orthopaedics can help you manage your spinal pain, contact us today for an appointment!

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