Discograms in Frisco, TX

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Advanced Diagnostic Testing to Examine Spinal Discs

A discogram is a type of diagnostic test that can examine intervertebral spinal discs. It works by injecting a special dye into the injured disc and viewing it using an x-ray. The dye can help locate the injured disc to then evaluate an appropriate treatment plan for relieving pain. Dr. Jerry Lewis of Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine uses discograms to help diagnose what may be causing significant back pain. It can evaluate if a disc has developed a tear or has ruptured and is causing pain, and allows for a deeper view of the disc than a standard MRI test.

To learn more about Frisco discograms as a form of diagnostic testing, contact us by filling our contact form online and schedule a consultation.

What are the Benefits of a Discogram?

Severe pain can seriously impact a person’s quality of life, making it hard to work, sleep, or perform everyday activities. A discogram may provide a more accurate diagnosis of the source of the issue than other imaging tests. It can also help Dr. Lewis determine if a particular spinal disc is the cause of your pain and plan the most effective treatment moving forward. Our team is proud to offer state-of-the-art tools and technologies to patients in the area. Whether you are coming in for a discogram or another procedure, you can be confident that you are receiving the highest quality of care available.

Ideal Candidates for Discograms

Discograms can determine if an individual’s back pain may be caused by an injured or deteriorating disc. It can also be used to evaluate the need for surgery to correct the disc/discs. As it is an invasive procedure, a discogram may only be performed after more conservative methods have been tried to remedy the pain. An MRI or CT scan may also be suggested before a discogram.

An injured or degenerative disc can cause severe back pain, but the diagnosis may not always be easy to determine. With Frisco discogram diagnostic testing, Dr. Jerry Lewis can discover the origin of your back pain and evaluate an effective treatment plan.

Contact us to learn more about Frisco discograms or to schedule your consultation by calling our office.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

A discogram is an outpatient procedure performed with the patient under a sedative and local anesthetic. Dr. Lewis will begin by inserting the needle into the disc that is being inspected. He will then inject the dye, which will stimulate pain in the disc. If the patient feels the similar pain and symptoms that they have been experiencing, the disc is most likely the cause of the pain. The needle is then removed, and x-rays of the area are taken. When the x-rays have been evaluated, Dr. Lewis can administer corticosteroid injections to help treat your pain.

Following the injections, patients may be observed for a short period of time (about 30 – 60 minutes) to evaluate the success of the procedure. After the observation period, you'll be able to go home; however, you'll need someone to drive you. Some minor pain or tenderness at the injection site is normal and expected. Typically, any post-injection discomfort eases in a few hours. If you experience any tenderness around the injection area, you can use ice to treat it. The lasting effects of corticosteroid injections may vary depending on the patient and the injected area. Follow-up injections can be administered to help maintain results, but typically no more than three a year can be performed. Dr. Lewis can consult with you about subsequent treatments that can help you maintain your results. If you experience severe back pain or develop a fever within 1 – 2 weeks of the procedure, you should contact Dr. Lewis.

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Determine Your Diagnosis

An injured or degenerative disc can cause severe back pain, but the diagnosis may not always be easy to determine. With discogram diagnostic testing, Dr. Jerry Lewis can discover the origin of your back pain and evaluate an effective treatment plan. Contact our Frisco, TX office to learn more about discograms or to schedule your consultation.

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Who should not get a discogram?

Even though a discogram can be a fantastic diagnostic tool for pinpointing and then treating back pain, there are some Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine patients who should not get this procedure done, including:

  • People with an iodine or dye allergy
  • Those with an ongoing infection
  • Individuals who have not yet tried noninvasive pain management techniques
  • Patients taking blood thinners
How long will a discogram last?
The time it takes to administer a discogram at our Frisco, TX facility may vary significantly, depending on the extent of the pain and the number of discs that are injected. However, a common length is approximately 45 minutes.
Are there any side effects to a discogram procedure?
First and foremost, because a discogram pinpoints the exact location pain is disseminated from, you will have the side effect of pain in the disc, but this is a necessary part of the overall treatment process and will help our team treat your pain in the future. Another side effect may be irritation of nerves, but this should occur very rarely since the Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine is experienced at carefully administering discograms.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.