Manipulation Under Anesthesia Explained

The term “manipulation under anesthesia” (MUA) is pretty self-explanatory. In this procedure, a chiropractor will perform an adjustment while the patient receives some sort of anesthetic, ranging from mild sedation to general anesthesia.

MUA is a non-invasive way of breaking down the fibrous adhesions and scar tissue that may have accumulated in the joints of a extremity and the tissues surrounding them as a result of prior injuries. In addition to helping relieve shoulder, hip, elbow, knee, and TMJ pain, MUA is often used to help stretch shortened muscles and alleviate chronic muscle spasms, joint pain and other long-term pain issues. It can also reduce the level of pain in areas that are super-sensitive, allowing the patient to remain more comfortable and to cooperate more fully in his or her treatment. It is most commonly performed in cases of acute or chronic pain, where the condition has not improved after six to eight weeks of conservative treatment. The American Medical Association recognizes MUA as an established medical procedure, and it is a technique that has been used in conventional medical practice for over 60 years.

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How Does MUA Work?
Licensed physicians perform MUA as a team in a hospital or medical center setting. The team usually includes the anesthesiologist, the primary chiropractor or surgeon who performs the manipulation and an assistant who is also a chiropractor or physician who is certified to perform the procedure.

Who Should Consider MUA?
In order for MUA to be considered an appropriate form of treatment, the patient must first have received other non-invasive treatment for a period of at least four to six weeks without achieving satisfactory results. In addition, the patient must be made fully aware of both the risks and benefits of the procedure. Patients with one or more of the following conditions are generally considered to be candidates for MUA:

• Loss of functional range of motion with the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle
• Fibromyalgia
• TMJ
• Traumatic torticollis

MUA may not be appropriate for patients with bone disorders, circulatory problems and neurological or cardiovascular disorders, such as fractures, arthritis, gout, malignancies with bone metastasis and diabetic neuropathy.
Studies have shown that many chronic pain problems that have not responded well to other conservative treatments respond well to MUA. If you feel you may be a good candidate for the procedure, we encourage you to contact your chiropractor. He or she who will take your detailed medical history, review the results of any prior diagnostic tests (such as a X-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds), and perform a thorough physical examination to determine if MUA may be right for you.

Remember, if you or someone you care about is suffering from shoulder, hip, elbow, knee, and TMJ problems that haven’t responded well to other forms of treatment, there may still be other options available to you without resorting to drugs or surgery. Please call or visit our office today to learn more about being evaluated for manipulation under anesthesia.

Contact Dr. Nicholas Carlisle – Atlanta Chiropractor at (404) 316-1190 (Buckhead) or (678) 771-3060 (Jonesboro) for your appointment.

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