Manipulation Under Anesthesia

What is MUA?

Manipulation Under Anesthesia / Sedation, (MUA), is an effective non-invasive treatment option for people suffering from acute and chronic back pain, muscle spasms, and pinched nerves. The combination of manipulation with sedation is not new-it has been successfully performed by orthopedic surgeons for years.

How MUA Works

The MUA procedure uses twighlight sedation to relax restricted muscles allowing the physician to gently stretch and adjust the spine. The MUA physician is trained to recognize where and how much stretching and adjustments are needed for each patient. Following the three-day procedure, post MUA exercises begin which will help to achieve the optimal benefit.

Typically a rehabilitation program lasts for 3-4 weeks post procedure. The proposed effects of the MUA include altering pain producing scar tissue formations, decompression of bulging/herniated discs, stretching of chronically tight muscles, and eliminating pain by improving range of motion of the affected joints. Patients often undergo various treatments, such as physical therapy, traditional chiropractic care, epidural injections, back surgery, and other treatments.

These do not address fibrous adhesions. Some patients feel temporarily better with these treatments, but their pain often returns. Studies have proposed that it is the adhesions and scar tissue that have built up around spinal joints and muscles that causes chronic pain. In order to offer long term pain relief, the fibrous adhesions in the joint capsules, discs, and surrounding supportive tissues must be treated.

Common Conditions Successfully Treated With MUA

  • Neck, middle back and lower back pain
  • Chronic muscle pain and inflammation
  • Acute and chronic muscle spasm
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Chronic fibrositis
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Disk pathology/Piriformis syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Stable spondylolisthesis