Discograms are used for patients who have been suffering from chronic back pain that has not yet responded to other treatments. Discograms provide crucial diagnostic information for the creation of targeted and effective programs of rehabilitation and pain management.
This diagnostic procedure is used to evaluate the condition of the intervertebral discs. In some cases, it may be used to determine whether or not pain is truly originating from an injured spinal disc, or if other spinal conditions are culpable.
Disc bulges and herniations can occur anywhere in the spine, but are most often found in the neck and the lower back. Pain in the lower back—the lumbar spine—is often indicative of a disc injury. The neck, which is known as the cervical spine and is less protected than other parts of the spine, may be affected by any number of traumas that cause pain and other disc injury-related symptoms.