MUA or manipulation under anesthesia is a noninvasive outpatient procedure offered for chronic painful conditions of the neck, lower back, sacroiliac joints, shoulders, and hips. MUA is a viable alternative for those patients that are not responding to traditional chiropractic, physical therapy, invasive procedures such as injection therapy, or even surgery.
With the use of sedation, painful muscles and joints are completely relaxed allowing Dr. Lefcort to comfortably stretch, massage and adjust the involved areas more effectively than in an office setting. The results can be life changing.
Stretching the patient while sedated breaks up scar tissue or adhesions in and around the muscles, discs, and connective tissues. These adhesions are commonly caused by multiple injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, or even failed back surgeries. These adhesions are usually the reason why patients are not improving with their chiropractic treatment or pain doctors in an office setting, thus preventing full recovery from pain.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia has a very high safety profile. The side effects of the procedure are those of regular chiropractic adjustments. “Conscious sedation” is utilized for our MUA procedures. IV conscious sedation is extremely safe in an outpatient setting, as the patient is not under “general anesthesia”. Our patients are breathing on their own and are aware of the stretching procedures by the MUA provider. The total procedure lasts about ten to twenty minutes, and the patient can be in and out of the center and completely discharged within sixty to ninety minutes.
You would benefit from our procedure if you have: 1. Treated with multiple physicians and therapists with limited results, 2. You have ongoing prolonged treatment with chiropractors, physical therapists, or pain doctors, with limited/temporary results, and if you are not a candidate for surgery or ongoing pain medication. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you maybe a candidate.
The MUA procedure uses twilight sedation to relax restricted muscles allowing the physician to gently stretch and adjust the spine. The MUA provider is trained to recognize where and how much stretching and adjustments are needed for each patient. Post MUA exercises begin after the procedure.
The proposed effects of the MUA include altering pain producing scar tissue formations, 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 adhesion’s. Some patients feel temporarily better with these treatments, but their pain often returns. Studies have proposed that it is the adhesion’s 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.