The vertebral disc in human gives a unique structure to the spine that bears weight and allows motion. The spine consists of a central portion which is surrounded by layers of tissues. The disc helps the spine support the body and allows movement between vertebra.
Discs degeneration gets more common as we age. Degeneration is associated with the loss of water in the disc and decreased disc height. These changes may be painful. Potential symptoms related to disc degeneration include; neck or back pain and sometimes pain in the lower limbs. Severe degeneration may cause pain when the spine presses on nerve roots or forces more load onto the facet joints in the back of the spine. Disc degeneration is a common process, however, and is not always painful.
Discography, a testing method, benefits the physicians in viewing and assessing the internal structure of a disc in order to determine the exact source of back pain. Additionally, it helps in identifying that whether the pain is from the disc or it is in the case of multiple level herniations. A discography, or discogram, is an enhanced X-ray examination of the intervertebral discs. This test is performed to determine which, if any, discs have structural damage that is the source of a patient’s low back pain.
In this procedure the dye is injected into the center discs and is clearly visible using fluoroscopic x-ray film. In this process, patients lie on their side or on their stomach onto the table equipped with a fluoroscopic x-ray machine. Discography treatment is very specific in nature and it may help your health care provider to determine if the abnormal disc is causing your pain.
Many health care providers do find it is helpful in identifying the source of pain. Because discography is an invasive procedure (it involves putting needles into the disc), it is not performed early in the diagnostic and treatment process. Generally, patients who undergo discography have not gotten satisfactory pain relief from non-operative measures such as medication, physical therapy and modified activities. They usually have had back pain for at least 4 to 6 months.
If you suffer from a deep discomfort that leaves an aching sensation, you may be able to find relief with a discography treatment. Patients who benefit the most from this pain management method are those who have injuries that are the result of tears in the discs in your back. If there are any confusions or doubts, feel free to contact us at 815-464-7212 and get Dr. Zaki’s expert opinion. Dr. Zaki Anwar, MD an Anesthesiologist and Interventional pain management professional offers its patients a range of exceptionally personalized treatments and services to help facilitate the patients in struggling with severe pain. Hurry up! Before it’s too late!