Your doctor will review the images and the information you provided about the pain you experienced during the procedure. Both are important to help pinpoint the source of your back pain. Your doctor will use this information to guide your ongoing treatment or prepare for surgery.

Doctors usually don't rely on the results of a discogram alone to guide treatment. That's because a disk with wear-and-tear change might not cause pain. Also, pain responses during a discogram can vary widely.

Typically, results of a discogram are combined with results of other tests — such as MRI or CT scan and physical examination — when determining a treatment plan for back pain.

Jan. 09, 2015