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Lumbar Discography Charlotte, NC

Treated by Southern Pain and Spine Specialists - serving Matthews, Charlotte, and the surrounding areas

Definition and Purpose

Lumbar discography is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate and pinpoint the source of lower back pain. During this procedure, a contrast dye is injected into one or more intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine, followed by X-ray or fluoroscopy imaging to visualize the disc’s structure and identify any abnormalities.

The primary purpose of lumbar discography is to assist healthcare providers in diagnosing the specific disc or discs that may be causing a patient’s lower back pain, helping to guide treatment decisions and potentially avoid unnecessary surgery.

One of the body’s biggest and most important joints is the knee. Knee issues are very inconvenient because of the way that its bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage are put together. Knee discomfort may be brought on by osteoarthritis, wear and tear, or a sudden trauma to the knee. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern Pain & Spine Specialists offers knee pain treatment.

Your functional range of motion and mobility are both impacted by knee pain. It may be challenging to move about and engage in daily tasks. You must find relief from your knee pain. A physical examination is required to identify the cause of your issue. It might be advised to undergo additional testing, such as an MRI or x-ray.

Our board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Alamarie, offers knee pain treatment that can enhance your quality of life and get you back on your feet quickly.

Procedure and Process


To begin, you lie down and you are given medicine to help you relax. You will still be awake. That’s so you can tell your doctor what you feel during the procedure. Your lower back is numbed with local anesthetic.

Placing the Needles

The doctor uses a video x-ray device called a “fluoroscope” to carefully guide a needle into the target disc. If more than one disc is being tested, a needle is placed into each one.

Testing the Discs

Next, the doctor injects contrast dye into each disc, one at a time. The dye raises the pressure inside the discs. When this happens, you may feel pressure or pain. If you feel pain, that may be a sign that the disc is diseased. The doctor will take images with the fluoroscope so your discs can be studied carefully.

End of Procedure, Treatment, and Aftercare

When the procedure is done, the needles are removed. Before you leave, your doctor may want to get a more detailed scan of your discs. Discography can cause your back to be slightly sore for a few days. Your healthcare provider will give you tips to help ease this minor pain.

Benefits and Risks

It plays a pivotal role in pinpointing the exact source of spine pain, facilitating targeted treatment. This interventional pain management technique offers the advantage of personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s unique condition, whether it involves spinal joint pain, chronic headaches, or other chronic pain issues.

However, it’s essential to acknowledge potential risks such as discomfort during the procedure, the small chance of infection, post-procedure soreness, and rare allergic reactions to contrast dye, all of which are diligently managed by experienced healthcare providers to ensure safe and effective spine pain evaluation and treatment.

Initial Consultation and Evaluation

In our Charlotte, North Carolina-based advanced sports rehabilitation and pain medicine group practice, Lumbar Discography plays a crucial role in our comprehensive approach to pain management.

Our specialist MDs, including Dr. Ammar, conduct an initial consultation and evaluation, utilizing advanced imaging techniques and regenerative medicine like PRP and stem cell therapy to diagnose and treat various spinal disorders and musculoskeletal issues, offering tailored, minimally invasive treatments to compress the time between diagnosis and effective relief.

Instructions and Precautions

Interpreting the Results

Evaluating the Patient's Response

This assessment involves analyzing the patient’s feedback regarding any pain or discomfort experienced during the procedure and correlating it with the contrast dye patterns seen on imaging studies, allowing us as healthcare providers to pinpoint the specific discs causing pain and tailor their pain management plan accordingly.

Identifying the Pain Source

Through techniques like Lumbar Discography or other diagnostic procedures, we can precisely pinpoint the origins of pain, whether it’s related to spinal discs, joints, nerves, or other structures. This precise identification is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific condition, ultimately improving their quality of life and providing targeted pain relief.

Post-Procedure Care and Recovery

Pain Management and Discomfort

At our advanced sports rehabilitation and pain medicine group practice located in Charlotte, North Carolina, we understand the importance of managing pain and discomfort associated with spinal disorders, musculoskeletal issues, and wear and tear.
Our team of specialist MDs provides regenerative medicine options such as PRP and stem cell therapy, in addition to clinical diagnosis and minimally invasive procedures like Racz Caudal Neurolysis, all aimed at addressing the underlying structure and function of the body.
Patients can schedule an appointment to benefit from our effective treatments and long-term solutions, allowing them to experience relief and improved quality of life. With our dedicated staff and comprehensive approach, we’ve been helping patients find relief ever since, and we’re committed to continuing to provide top-notch care throughout North Carolina and beyond.

Follow-up Appointments

These follow-up visits ensure that patients continue to receive effective treatments, experience sustained relief, and enjoy an improved quality of life. Our commitment to patient well-being extends not only throughout North Carolina but also to patients referred to us from Raleigh, Philadelphia, San Diego, and many other locations.

Contact us now for interventional pain management in Charlotte NC

Don’t let pain hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards relief and improved quality of life. Book an appointment with Southern Pain and Spine Specialists now to explore lumbar discography treatment options. Our expert team is here to help you on your journey to a pain-free life. Your path to relief starts with us. Schedule your appointment today!

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