Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
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What Is Manipulation Under Anesthesia?
Manipulation Under Anesthesia, otherwise known as MUA, is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure offered for acute and chronic conditions which include: Neck pain, back pain, joint pain, muscle spasms, shortened muscles, fibrous adhesions and long-term pain syndromes.
By lightly anesthetizing a patient, once-painful adjustments and movements are accomplished quickly and pain free, helping to greatly improve or even restore range of motion.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia is a viable alternative for those patients that are not responding to traditional conservative care of other invasive procedures, such as surgery.
What Is the History of MUA?
Manipulation Under Anesthesia is an established and widely recognized procedure that has been part of the manual medical arena for more than 60 years.
The practice of MUA can be traced back to the late 1930s and its popularity has continued to grow in recent years as research has shown that MUA is not only safe, but also highly successful in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Who Would be a Candidate for MUA?
In general, patients selected for Manipulation Under Anesthesia are those with certain neck, mid-back, low-back or other spinal conditions that have received conservative care for six to eight weeks with limited or no improvement in symptoms or findings.
MUA may also be appropriate for those patients that still experience pain after undergoing various invasive treatments, such as surgery.
Common indications for Manipulation Under Anesthesia include neck, middle and lower back pain, chronic muscle pain and inflammation, acute and chronic muscle pain and inflammation, acute and chronic muscle spasm, chronic fibrosis, nerve entrapment, disk pathology including herniated disks, torticollis and failed back surgery.
Not all patients qualify for MUA, as certain contraindications prevent some from undergoing the procedure. Consult your physicians or contact Sanctuary Surgical Center to determine if you are an MUA candidate.
What is MUA Procedure like?
The Manipulation Under Anesthesia procedure involves three consecutive days of treatment. During these three days, a patient is treated with spinal manipulative therapy and MUA stretches.
Since the patient is lightly sedated during the MUA procedure, the usual resistance and pain associated with manipulation is eliminated. Through the use of “conscious sedation,” a patient is conscious and responsive, but relaxed, allowing the physician to administer adjustments similar to those received during regular chiropractic visits but more effectively.
After the procedure, treatment continues as strengthening and stabilization programs are initiated over the next few weeks. Post-Procedure care is a vital part of the MUA procedure. Follow-up visits with a Chiropractic Physicians is important at this time as the stretches accomplished during the MUA procedure are built upon, helping the patient to regain strength and prevent future pain and discomfort.
What are the Effects of MUA?
The proposed effects of Manipulation Under Anesthesia include the following:
- The breaking up of scar tissue (adhesions) both in and around the spinal joints commonly caused by multiple injuries or failed back surgery.
- A decrease chronic muscle spasms.
- Overcoming the super-sensitivity of injured areas that make the patient unable to cooperate for effective treatment.
- The stretching of persistent shortened muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- Relief from the pain and radiating symptoms caused by damaged invertebral discs.
- Most importantly, however, Manipulation Under Anesthesia affords patients immediate relief and a noticeable difference in their daily lives post-procedure. These positive results only continue to improve with time and post-MUA therapy.
My Doctor Says I am a Candidate for MUA…
Patients who have been selected for Manipulation Under Anesthesia Procedure by their doctor typically undergo a medical screening process to determine true MUA candidacy.
This screening process includes a medical history and physical examination and where indicated, CBC blood studies, EKG’s and other diagnostic tests, such as MRI or CT’s.