What is the reason for undergoing discography?

The vertebrae (bones) in your spine are separated by disks that cushion the vertebrae and allow them to move freely. If a disk is damaged, it can develop small tears in the outer ring (annulus). Material from the inside (nucleus) can then leak out and irritate the surrounding nerves. This sometimes causes pain in your back or neck.

While other tests can show if a disk is torn, they often can't show whether the torn disk is the cause of your pain. Diskography can help your doctor know more about where the pain is coming from. This helps your doctor know whether you need surgery and which disks might need it.

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What are alternatives to discography?
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What is discography?
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How should I manage pain after discography?
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What happens during discography?
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