To identify the source of a patient’s neck or back pain, a back specialist may recommend a diagnostic injection. One such injection, known as a facet joint injection, can find the exact location of a patient’s spinal problem. After the facet joint injection is administered, the back specialist monitors the patient’s reaction to it. If the procedure is successful in alleviating pain, the back specialist can surmise that the treated facet joint was the source of the pain. If the injection proves ineffective at stopping discomfort, the specialist can rule out that area as the pain generator.
Patients may also undergo discography, wherein a back specialist injects one or more intervertebral discs with a special solution that can be traced through a fluoroscope. This procedure allows doctors to evaluate each disc to see if disc tears may be the reason behind a patient’s back pain.
SpineOne can help you find the cause of your ongoing neck or back pain.
Our back specialists offer several diagnostic procedures, including facet joint injections and discography, to pinpoint your pain source. Call our Denver clinic today at (888) 721-0459 or visit our SpineOne website to schedule a consultation.