Discography

Illustration showing a lateral view of a patient having a discography test
Fig. 25: The illustration shows a lateral (side) view of a patient having a discography test at aL4/5 and L3/4 . Both discs are healthy and the patient experienced no pain or discomfort as dye was injected.

Discography is a test often used to try and identify whether a disc is the cause of the pain. Normal discs rarely cause pain on the application of pressure to a disc. On the contrary a degenerate torn disc can often be painful on discography and this finding seems to be related to abnormal pressure within the disc. The disc is a load-bearing structure, which degenerates with age. Why this is a painful process in some patients and painless in others is poorly understood.

We specialise in assessment and diagnosis of spinal complaints with appropriate conservative treatment, planning surgery only when all other options have been exhausted.