Manipulation Under Anesthesia or M.U.A. is a
non-invasive, highly specialized technique
performepecially trained Chiropractic,
Osteopathic and Medical Physicians for
patients who are not finding relief through
conservative treatment or who have been
facing or have already had surgery. M.U.A.
is an effective alternative to risky and
invasive spinal surgery. Studies prove that
M.U.A. eliminates or greatly reduces pain
and restores or greatly improves normal
range of motion.
How Does M.U.A. Work?
M.U.A. achieves results because it allows
the doctor to adjust/manipulate the bones
and muscles without the usual resistance.
Twilight sedation (light sedation) allows
you to be responsive but not apprehensive.
Adjustments are completed gently and
fibrotic adhesions that restrict range of
motion and contribute to pain are gently
released. Muscles are stretched and
eliminate restriction. The result:
pain and discomfort are decreased if not
Who can Benefit from
M.U.A. can be an
effective procedure for people with chronic
neck, back and joint problems including pain
and restrictive motion. It is also effective
for people with conditions caused by
long-term disabilities, accidents and
injuries that have not been responsive to
conventional treatment. Here are some
conditions that M.U.A. may help:
- Fibrous Adhesions
- Pain from chronic
- Herniated discs
- Frozen shoulder
- Frozen hip
- Chronic headaches
- Failed back surgery
- Carpal Tunnel
- Tarsal Tunnel
- TMJ -
- Plantar Fasciitis
Am I a Candidate for M.U.A.?
Patients who have failed conservative care
or have reached a "plateau" are potential
candidates for this procedure. However,
careful selection of qualified candidates is
key to success. The doctor will determine if
M.U.A. is an option for you. Once you are
approved for M.U.A., you will require a
complete medical screening so you can be
cleared for sedation. The doctor may also
order additional tests such as MRIs, blood
tests, EKG, chest x-ray and pregnancy test.
What Happens After
Generally speaking, you will not be under
any restrictions and you may return to your
normal routine including work. To maximize
M.U.A., physical therapy and
adjustments/manipulation should be started
soon after undergoing M.U.A. You should
expect 6-8 weeks of these treatments which
are typically performed at the doctor's
office. Treatment may include: stretching
exercises, strengthening exercises,
neuromuscular rehabilitation, electrical
muscle stimulation and cryo-therapy (ice).
Following the prescribed program will help
you regain pre-injury strength and help
prevent pain and disability in the future.