MANIPULATION UNDER ANESTHESIA (MUA)

Manipulation under anesthesia is a non-invasive stretching and manipulation technique for treating chronic musculoskeletal problems. MUA is especially useful for conditions having to do with back, neck, and joint pain, as well as muscle spasms and chronic pain syndromes. 

When your body has not responded to other long-term, non-surgical interventions, MUA may be an effective option to relieve pain and break up excessive scar tissue.

HOW DOES MANIPULATION UNDER ANESTHESIA WORK?

As the name implies, the procedure is performed under anesthesia. It’s usually done under a light, relaxed, “twilight state” level of moderate sedation. This is similar to the sedation used during a colonoscopy procedure. 

The sedation allows your body to fully relax so that deeper stretching and alignment adjustments can be performed. This is safest to do under sedation because it prevents your body’s natural reflexive guarding and muscle spasms which could cause injury or discomfort.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN MANIPULATION UNDER ANESTHESIA TREAT?

MUA helps break up adhesions resulting from surgery or injury and restores a more normal range of motion. The goal is to reduce pain and stiffness. 

This non-invasive therapy is highly effective for relieving pain associated with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Chronic back & neck pain
  • Chronic sprains
  • Disc problems
  • Failed back surgery
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint pain (such as ankle, knee, or hip pain)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pinched nerves

Because of the wide variety of conditions it addresses and its non-invasive nature, manipulation under anesthesia is an effective option to target pain and improve mobility. 

While not as well known as other treatment options, chiropractors have practiced MUA for decades as a safe alternative to complex surgeries or opioid dependence.

At OC Wellness Physicians Medical Group, our goal is to provide you with the essential treatments needed to help you live your best life and enjoy your daily activities again. Schedule a free consultation today.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH MANIPULATION UNDER ANESTHESIA

You’re in good hands with our expert doctors who are certified in MUA. 

The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform but can vary depending on the number of areas being treated. It’s conducted in an outpatient setting, making it easy and convenient.

Once sedated, the doctor will use various methods, including repetitive stretching and established manipulation techniques. These steps help break up fibrous adhesions or scar tissue, reduce joint restriction and lengthen muscle fibers, resulting in an increased range of motion.

Many patients feel pain relief and an increased range of motion after just one session. It’s common to feel slightly sore afterward like you would after a vigorous workout.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of MUA treatments you’ll need depends on how your body responds to the treatment. 

If your body responds really well, you may need only one treatment. However, you can get additional sessions of MUA if needed for maximum benefit.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES FOR REHABILITATION

It’s essential to follow a good after-treatment program to help support the MUA benefits and prevent re-injury or future pain. This may include other complementary methods such as physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and pilates to ensure you’re on track to living your best life.

Start your journey to pain-free living and make your appointment at OC Wellness Physicians Medical Group today.