Disc stimulation is another term of discography and is a diagnostic process utilized precisely to recognize the pain taking place because of a damaged disc and to decide on discography treatment. On the other hand, back pain is an exceptionally common disorder resulted from various kinds of conditions. These conditions frequently share comparable side effects. Therefore, an exact analysis becomes straightforward in deciding the best treatment.
What Are The Discs?
Considering a fact that the discs are soft (cushion-like pads), which separate the hard vertebral bones of the spine. In case of the disc swells, as a result, it starts hurting, herniates, tears or declines and may likewise result in a pain in neck, mid-back, low back as well as arms, chest wall, abdomen, and legs. Different structures in the spine may likewise turn out to be painful, for example, the muscles, joints, and nerves.
Commonly, few tests will be carried out in order to determine that these structures are not the only source of pain and through history and physical examination, furthermore, the tests could include:
- Diagnostic Injection Procedures (Facet, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Nerve Root Blocks)
What is Discography?
This is a testing procedure that works in a way to enable doctors to see and evaluate the inner structure of a disc so as to decide the correct source of back pain. With age or injury, the walls of the spinal discs can end up damaged or fissured. This condition is known as Internal Disc Disruption or Degenerative Disc Disease and can end up discogenic back pain. At the point when the disc causes pain, it is normally a deep pain that occasionally transmits into the buttocks or thigh. Pain from facet joints in the back and from the sacroiliac (SI) joints can be hard to recognize from disc pain dependent on medical history, physical test, or MRI alone. Discography will work in a way enable the doctor to decide whether the pain is from a damaged disc.
Deciding the Need for Discography
Discography lets interventional pain doctors see a disc’s inner structure and set up whether it is the reason for pain or not. Despite the fact that discography has turned out to be dependable in helping doctors make a pain diagnosis, it is done only after other tests when they have proven to be questionable in indicative the source of pain.
An individual who is a decent candidate for discography is one who has been going through continuous spinal pain, is associated with having a disc abnormality and has had non- invasive tests that demonstrated questionably. The patient must be willing to go through discography treatment engaged at the disc.