Discography performed by top pain management doctors, at Louisiana Pain Specialists, in Kenner, Metairie, Marrero, New Orleans, New Orleans East, LaPlace and Baton Rouge.
A discography (discogram) is a diagnostic procedure used to assess whether damage or disease of an individual’s intervertebral disks are the source of pain. Intervertebral disks are part of each of the joints between each of the vertebrae in the spine. They are flat disks with an outer, fibrous layer and an inner gel-like layer that provide cushioning to the spine and allow it to move correctly. When an intervertebral disk is damaged or diseased, it may cause pain.
In order to identify whether it is the intervertebral disk(s) causing pain, a dye is injected into the disk(s). The doctor views on fluoroscopy (real-time x-ray) whether the dye leaks out of the disk. The doctor also requests that the patient indicates whether pain is felt due to the pressure of the dye..