Tag: Discography:

I’m Stopping the Use of Discography

For many chronic back pain patients,  a technique called discography has been used to determine the need for surgery.     The procedure has been controversial,  and a hotly debated topic by spine specialists. The procedure usually means a small needle is introduced into a disk,  and chemicals (usually saline,  contrast dye,  and some lidocaine) […]

Can Discography Cause Problems?

All invasive procedures have associated risks.  Traditionally,  Discography has been used to identify pain generators in the spine. Some clinicians have opined it was  good test, with acceptable low risks primarily due to needle placement and infections.  Research regarding longer term effects of discography has suggested it may also be a cause of disk degeneration,  and […]