Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Dr. Jason Taylor is MUA certified for the treatment of shoulder, spine and extremities.
What is Manipulation Under Anesthesia or MUA?
MUA is a non-invasive procedure offered for acute and chronic conditions, including neck, back, and joint pain, muscle spasms, fibrous adhesions, and long-term pain syndromes.
MUA is seen as a more successful, less expensive, and safer pain management tool than surgery. It’s generally regarded as safe and is used to treat pain originating from the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in addition to the sacroiliac and pelvic regions. (each of those terms should be links to glossary entries)
How Does MUA Work?
MUA utilizes a combination of spinal manipulations, passive stretches, and articular and postural inesthetic moves (links to glossary terms) in order to free up fibrous adhesions and scar tissue around the spine and neighboring tissue. Mild sedation techniques are performed to increase mobilization and reduce discomfort.
Is MUA New?
MUA is not a new or experimental procedure. Osteopathic physicians and orthopedic surgeons pioneered the treatment over 70 years ago. In recent years, chiropractic care through Manipulation Under Anesthesia has experienced a resurgence in interest due to important advances in anesthesiology which make it safer and more viable than ever.
What Conditions Respond Well to MUA?
Common conditions that respond well to Manipulation Under Anesthesia include:
- Fibrous Adhesions
- Chronic disc conditions
- Pinched or entrapped nerve
- Persistent neck or back pain
- Frozen shoulder syndrome
- Painful, restricted range of movement
- Failed or ineffective back surgery
- Acute muscle spasms
- Injuries due to motor vehicle accidents
- Work or sports related injuries
What Are Some Advantages of MUA?
MUA is often…
More successful in improving range of motion and relieving pain
- More cost-effective
- Safer than more invasive treatments
- The path to a faster return to a healthier, pain-free life
Why Does MUA Work So Well?
Manipulation Under Anesthesia succeeds where many other treatments do not for two reasons:
- MUA allows a physician to adjust bone alignment and stretch muscles while the patient is in a relaxed state achieved with sedation. The patient doesn’t offer voluntary or reflexive resistance to the treatment.
- MUA directly addresses the root cause of most neuromusculoskeletal conditions: fibrous adhesions. A fibrous adhesion is internal scar tissue that has resulted from trauma or injury. These adhesions can grow around spinal joints and nerve roots and inside the surrounding muscles. This results in restricted movement, limited flexibility, chronic pain, and even decreased blood flow to the damaged area.
- The primary objective of MUA is to restore a normal range of motion and reduce pain by breaking up these adhesions. By using a form of “twilight” sedation to relax the body, your doctor is able to gently move joints and stretch muscles through the full passive range of motion, breaking up the adhesions and unlocking the fixations of the spine. Anesthesia not only makes the procedure painless, it also helps overcome the body’s natural reflex mechanisms – or muscle guarding – allowing the doctor to apply less force while achieving greater results.
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