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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Patients Considering Back Surgery: Should You Consider a Discogram, First?

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Advanced medical technology now lets doctors treat patients’ pain with minimally invasive techniques. In the case of back pain, however, surgery is sometimes still the best option. But determining which surgery and whether or not the outcomes outweigh the risks is important. The discogram is a diagnostic tool that can help answer both questions.

A discogram helps physicians better identify if discs are the source of a patient’s back pain, and if so which disc or discs are the cause. The procedure helps doctors predict the outcome of surgical procedures being considered.

During the discogram, the patient is given a local anesthetic and sedative to help remain calm but still conscious. A needle containing a liquid dye is injected into the disc and travels throughout it. CT scans are taken to track the movement, helping doctors determine if the disc is torn, bulged or scarred. A patient’s reporting of any pain he or she feels as the liquid enters the disc also helps pinpoint the problem disc. This procedure is repeated for each disc identified as the potential pain source.

Back surgery carries an element of risk and can have a long recovery time. The discogram is a great way for doctors and patients to have more specific information on which a surgical decision can be made.

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