Spinal Discography is used to locate the exact source of a patient’s pain. The patient remains awake during this procedure. After applying a local anesthetic, a contrast medium will be injected directly into one of the intervertabral discs using a long thin needle. The dye will visible with the help of X-rays. Pictures will be taken to determine the exact location of the pain. If there is a rupture of tear within the disc, the contrast medium will have leaked out and, therefore, pinpointed the cause for the patient’s pain.
Doctors will then determine the proper procedure to treat the affected area. Pain is sometimes induced from the dye causing the disc to inflate. This can be an added proof as to the location of the pain and if the particular disc is contributing to the overall problem.
At Coastal Back and Pain Institute, Dr. Douglas Manganelli and his team of experts have your back. Contact us today at 732-747-7076 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.