Experiencing chronic back pain? Does it seem like no other treatment seems to be working? Then it may be time for you to learn a little bit more about lumbar discography. This injection technique is used to evaluate patients when their back pain hasn’t responded to extensive nonsurgical treatments. Doctors often use the discography for surgical planning prior to a lumbar fusion.
The procedure works by inserting a thin needle into one or more discs. Then a solution is injected into the disc to see if it is painful, followed by local anesthetic to see if the pain goes away. This procedure, also called discogram, helps determine whether the pain is caused by one or more spinal discs which can then lead to a course of treatment.
While the discography usually takes less than an hour, patients may feel soreness for a few days after.