Lasting Pain Management Relief With Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Term Manipulation under anesthesia is just what it sounds like. Manipulating your joints and muscles while under anesthesia. This has been around since the 1930’s and used by osteopathic physicians.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is performed while the patient is lightly anesthetized to a state of relaxation. Adjustments and stretching movements are performed that would normally be way too painful if the patient were awake.
Anyone who has long-term pain syndromes may consider manipulation under anesthesia as an alternative treatment to painkillers and surgery. Basic conditions that may lead to this procedure are acute and chronic neck pain, joint pain, back pain, shoulder pain,muscle spasms, and frozen shoulder syndrome.
MUA may treat Pain caused by the lumbar, thoracic, or cervical spine, frozen shoulder, and any discomfort in the pelvic region or sacroiliac under anesthesia (MUA). The treatment is safe and can serve as a replacement for more intrusive and dangerous medical procedures.
Specialists working in a team environment to assure the safety of the patient may perform this procedure in a medical surgery facility. Manipulation under anesthesia is always a team effort, which consists of the anesthesiologist, the Vineland chiropractor responsible for the manipulation, and an assistant. Unlike general chiropractic procedures, manipulation under anesthesia is almost always performed in a hospital or other traditional medical facility such as an outpatient surgery center.
The primary aim of manipulation under anesthesia is to break up scar tissue or fibrous adhesions that center around the spine. The process uses specific kinesthetic maneuvers of postural and articular varieties, passive stretches, and short-lever manipulations of the spine specific to the problem areas.
Although the terminology might be new to many people, manipulation under anesthesia is far from a modern procedure. It has been a part of medical treatment for more than sixty years and has its own CPT Code designation.
Who Receives Treatment
Back, shoulder and neck injuries are the leading reasons for spinal manipulation, but not every situation requires the procedure, and some doctors might be hesitant to perform manipulation based on many factors including the physical condition of the patient. One of the key reason the procedure is done is for frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis
Other care and treatment are often attempted before spinal manipulation, but if those efforts prove ineffective, MUA is the next step. Scar tissue builds up along with adhesions during prolonged aggravation of spinal joints. Over time, this produces chronic pain in the spine and surrounding muscles.
While chiropractic treatments, epidural injections, and physical therapy often give temporary relief from pain, they do nothing to treat the underlying problem of fibrous adhesions. Back surgery most often does nothing for this either and may make that problem worse. Manipulation under anesthesia can produce results that are more permanent for chronic back and neck pain.
MUA works since the patient is in a “Twilight” state, which allows the patient to be responsive but not apprehensive. The adjustments a patient will receive using MUA are the same as the regular chiropractic visits but require less force simply because of the state of relaxation.
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