Discography is a tool to determine the precise source of back pain due to a specific intervertebral disc between affected vertebrae.
Discograms are safe and well-tolerated by most patients. While the risk-benefit ratio of diagnostic discograms is very good, they are usually done only after less invasive tests and procedures have failed to provide a satisfactory diagnosis and/or treatment. In many instances, pain specialists at Synergy Spine Center will recommend discograms prior to intra-discal treatments such as laser disc decompression or endoscopic spinal surgery. The major risk of the procedure is infection, or discitis, which is rare and usually treated with antibiotics. Rarely does it require surgery to eradicate.