What is Manipulation Under Anesthesia?
Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is a non-invasive procedure increasingly offered for chronic conditions, including Headaches, Neck and back pain, leg pain, joint pain, muscle spasm, fibromyalgia, and long-term pain syndromes. It is considered safe and is utilized to treat pain arising from the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine as well as the sacroiliac, pelvic regions, and joints.
MUA uses a combination of specific short lever manipulations, passive stretches and specific articular and postural kinesthetic maneuvers in order to break up fibrous adhesions and scar tissue around the joints, the spine, and surrounding tissue.
Licensed Physicians who have specialized training specifically for this procedure perform the treatment in a surgical center. A team approach is required to have a safe and successful outcome.
The team includes the anesthesiologist, two primary physicians who perform the manipulation, and the nursing staff who are specially trained in per- and post-procedure protocols.
The combination of the manipulation and anesthesia is not new as this treatment has been part of the medical arena for more than 80 years.
When body movement is difficult the benefit of being sedated is obvious, but the anesthesia performs other important functions such as:
- Interrupting the cycle of muscle spasm to allow for increased movement
- Sedates the pain perceiving nerves that have been irritated due to the dysfunctional spine or joint
- Allows complete muscle relaxation so that the doctor can stretch shortened muscle groups and reduce adhesions caused by scar tissue
MUA can be a valuable procedure for those who suffer from:
• Sciatica • Fibromyalgia • Low Back Pain • Neck Pain • Lumbar/Thoracic Disc Displacement • Knee Pain • Headaches • TMJ • Joint Pain • Curvature of the Spine • Disc Conditions • Pelvic Instability • Piriformis Syndrome • And Much More!