Manipulation Under Anesthesia

vertebral columnManipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is a non-invasive procedure offered for patients with acute and chronic conditions that include; back, neck and joint pain, tight muscles, muscle spasms, fibrous adhesions and long term pain syndromes.

Manipulation of the spine is about the most effective method of helping sedated patients control their pain. MUA provides manipulation and adjustment of the spine and surrounding tissue where the patient is most responsive, thus eliminating resistance from contracted and spastic muscles.

Many patients experience chronic muscle pain, joint pain or ligament disorders and are unable to find relief using conventional treatments such as pain medications or physical therapy, or other invasive procedures like epidural injections or surgery. Manipulation Under Anesthesia utilized with simple post-procedure treatment, therapy and exercise has proven to dramatically reduce or eliminate pain, significantly improving or restoring the range of motion.

Who Could Benefit From MUA?

Manipulation Under Anesthesia can be a very effective treatment for patients with conditions who haven’t responded to conventional treatment. Examples of such conditions include but are not limited to; neck pain, mid-back and lower back pain, chronic muscle pain and inflammation, acute and chronic muscle spasm, frozen shoulder, tension headaches, hip joint motion restrictions and nerve entrapment.

Who Should Not Have MUA?

Since MUA is primarily for the persistence of a dysfunctional and disabling joint or spine, the absence of such is an obvious reason not to undergo the procedure. In this case, specific conditions that would be contraindications for MUA include but are not limited to; osteoporosis, serious heart disease, uncontrolled hypertension, advanced age, particular circulatory diseases, acute arthritis, severe fractures and previous stroke.

How Are Candidates Selected For MUA?

Patients for Manipulation Under Anesthesia are selected by their physicians according to standards set by the National Academy of MUA Physicians. Treatment begins with a medical screening process including patient history, a complete physical, documentation of prescribed medications and any known allergies, and diagnostic testing dependent on the patient’s history.

Additional diagnostic testing supporting the need for the MUA procedure includes Magnet Resonance Imaging (MRI), CAT scan and musculoskeletal X-rays. A complete pain assessment will also be performed to eliminate suspicions of psychosocial factors that could influence pain responses. After a medical clearance is issued, the patient will be scheduled at a facility where the MUA will be done.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia is a very effective alternative for patients with chronic pain who don’t qualify as a candidate for surgical procedures. Have a talk with your chiropractor to get more information and discuss with them what your best options are.