Specialties // Interdisciplinary Medical Options // Spinal Decompression
We at Crespo MD and Associates are here for one reason... To help you recover from your injuries without adding to you pain.
Starting with a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Crespo and Judith A. Dano, R.N., ARNP, a plan of care is created specifically for each patient's particular injury. The clinic's emphasis is on noninvasive treatment. A full spectrum of therapeutic modalities is available, such as the following:
Nonsurgical Spine and Disc Therapy.
Spinal Decompression technology using the DRX9000.
Physical Therapy; We have a full Physical Therapy Department with a masters-level, licensed physical therapist.
Computerized strength training using state-of-the-art MedX equipment.
Massage/Myofascial Release Therapy with our five licensed massage therapists.
Computerized Strength and Flexibility Training.
"PAIN IS EVERYWHERE, SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL."(TM)
WE GIVE YOU THE OPTION NOT TO SUFFER.
WHY SEE A MEDICAL DOCTOR?
At a medical doctor's office, the clinic is concerned with the entire physical condition of the patient. If needed, a patient may be referred for surgical evaluation, although Dr. Crespo notes, only five to seven percent of the patients seen in the office are actually candidates for surgery. In addition, patients who are coping with daily pain often develop depression. The clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of depression and pain referring patients to the specialists in the community that offer comprehensive care for their medical needs. Patients with routine illnesses, however, are referred back to their primary care physicians for treatment. Although a wide array of therapy is available at the clinic, a patient may have underlying or concurrent problems requiring additional care. Continual assessment and reevaluation is used to monitor progress and to determine if a patient needs a referral to other professionals. Patient "S" was one of those patients. After comprehensive neuropsychological testing, a brain scan revealed cerebral bruising as the cause of her memory issues. She was referred to a neurologist to continue treatment.
DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES // MRI
An MRI is a non-invasive study that provides a clear diagnostic picture without using radiation. It can clearly show soft tissue structures that are not seen on routine x-rays, such as herniated discs, nerves, muscle, infections, and tumors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Magnetic Resonnance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, totally painless way for your physician to look into your body. The pictures created during the exam look at the soft tissue and provide information that can improve the diagnosis.
How long will the exam take?
Most exams take less than an hour to complete.
How should i prepare for the MRI exam?
You can eat, drink, and take regularly-prescribed medications prior to the exam. if you will be having a leg exam, you can bring some shorts to wear. Otherwise, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any possibility of interference from metal in zippers and fasteners.
What do MR image look like?
MR images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information. The images will be provided to your physician or radiologist for interpretation.
Will i feel anything?
No. There is no pain, vibration or unusual sensation. The MRI will produce a mild tapping sound during the exam. Ear plugs are available for your comfort.
What is MRI imaging?
MRI is a way of looking inside the body without x-rays. The exam uses radiowaves and a magnetic field to create images of the soft tissues of the body. These images are then transferred onto an x-ray film so the doctor can interpret them. There is no radiation.
How is the MRI performed?
You will be asked to lie on a table and the technologist will position you comfortably. The table will be slid sideways into the open magnet. Only the extremity being imaged will be in the magnet opening, so your head and body will remain outside the magnet. You will be asked to remain still during the examination.
What do i need to do during the exam?
Nothing! Just lie on the exam table and relax. What if i have more questions?
Your physician or the MRI technologist will answer any questions you may have.
DECOMPRESSION OF THE BACK OR NECK
With the DRX technology, you can receive treatment for herniated and degenerative discs without surgery! If you are like many who suffer from chronic neck and back pain, you have probably tried several prescribed remedies to help ease your discomfort: frequent bed rest, high doses of pain medication. Perhaps even non-traditional approaches such as acupuncture. And like so many, you have come to accept the fact that you just have to learn to live with your pain.
You Don't Have To Live With That Pain Anymore!
Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, a major advancement in medical technology was made to effectively treat low back pain resulting from herniated or deteriorating discs. The result of their efforts not only significantly reduces back pain, but enables patients to return to more active lifestyles.
The decompression can help if you have herniated and bulging lumbar discs with or without complication, degenerative disc disease, a relapse or failure following surgery or facet syndrome.
This new treatment uses state-of-the-art technology to gradually relieve neurocompression often associated with lumbar, lower back pain. The process relieve pain by enlarging disc space, reducing herniation, strengthening outer ligaments to help move herniated areas back into place and reversing high intradiscal pressures through application of negative pressure.
For Lumbar Decompression
An upper chest harness / shoulder support and a pelvic harness are used to help distribute the applied forces evenly. Once in place, you are slowly reclined to a horizontal position. Following the physician's orders, the therapist localizes the pain, makes any adjustments and directs the treatment to the proper area. The pull of decompression helps to mobilize the troubled disc segment without inducing further damage to the spine. Following each therapy session a cold pack and/or electrical muscle stimulation pad is applied to help the paravertebral muscles consolidate and strengthen after treatment. This also prevents muscles from swelling and going into spasm.
Considering the DRX Technology?
Located in Tampa, Florida serving the entire Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Come by and take a free tour of our facility. We will answer any of your questions or concerns, including questions regarding financial issues.
EMG / NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY
The EMG/Nerve Conduction Study is a useful test to study the nerves and muscles in the body. This test can help determine whether someone has nerve injuries related to the spine. Our staff is trained in performing these tests.
Our experienced staff provides the following services:
Comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation to determine the cause of and best treatment for acute or chronic pain
Cold packs and electrical stimulation are used to keep muscles from spasming following phyiscal therapy
Hot packs and electrical stimulation and ultrasound prepare the soft tissue for manual manipulation
Neuromuscular therapy uses massage and manipulation of the body's soft tissues to relieve pain and promote healing
General strength training
Range of motion testing
Rehabilitation after a back or neck injury
Rehabilitation after a sports injury