A discogram is a medical procedure used to diagnose and evaluate the cause of chronic low back or neck pain. It involves injecting a dye into the intervertebral discs, which are the spongy cushions between the vertebrae in the spine. The dye helps to highlight any abnormalities or problems within the discs, which can then be visualized on an x-ray or CT scan.
The procedure is typically performed by an interventional radiologist or a pain management specialist Victoria Tx. It is usually done in a hospital or outpatient center, and involves the use of local anesthesia to numb the area being injected.
During the procedure, the patient lies on a table with their back or neck exposed. The doctor uses x-ray guidance to locate the appropriate disc and then injects the dye into the disc. The patient may experience some discomfort during the injection, but it should not be too painful.
After the dye has been injected, the patient may be asked to move into different positions or to perform certain movements to help the doctor evaluate the disc and determine the source of the pain. The procedure is typically completed within 30-60 minutes.
The results of the discogram can help doctors identify the specific disc or discs that are causing the pain and determine the most appropriate treatment. This may include medications, physical therapy, or surgery.
It is important to note that a discogram procedure is not a suitable procedure for everyone. It is generally reserved for patients who have tried other treatments without success or who have a specific disc that is suspected to be the source of their pain. The procedure carries some risks, including the possibility of infection or nerve damage.
Overall, a discogram is a useful tool for diagnosing and treating chronic low back or neck pain. It can provide valuable information to help doctors determine the best course of treatment and alleviate the pain and discomfort of their patients. Consult with Dr Mahmood to know more about this.
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