There are many different ways to diagnose and treat chronic back pain, and during your initial consultation, the doctors at Colorado Spine Institute will determine, which method will be best for your individual condition. In this blog, we will be outlining two of those methods – magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and discograms.


MRIs are used in a number of medical disciplines, and MRI machines can be found in every major hospital and orthopedic clinic around the country. Internal injuries to organs, muscles, and bones can be seen through the use of MRI, giving the physician the best picture of what has occurred and what treatment will be best. When dealing with back pain, MRIs are used to look at the spinal column, checking for damage or irregularities. The large, tube-shaped machine are actually magnets that use radio waves to create detailed images of the interior of the body.


A discogram is a picture of the discs in your spinal column, and can be used to pinpoint specific problems within one or several discs. The procedure is guided by X-rays, and the doctor will inject a radio-opaque dye into the affected disc, which will appear on the final images. The injection may reproduce the same pain that brought you to us in the first place, and this can help the doctor understand what’s going on inside your body. If you’ve had previous reactions to substances containing iodine, please let us know beforehand, as we do not want you having an adverse reaction to the dye.

MRIs and discograms are just two of the services we offer. If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, or have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, schedule an appointment with us today, and stay tuned to our blog for information on our other services and treatment options.