Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Sedation (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 twilight sedation to relax restricted muscles allowing the physician to gently stretch and adjust the spine. The MUA physicians at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine are trained to recognize where and how much stretching and adjustments are needed for each patient. A typical procedure is performed once per day for up to 20 minutes for three days and is followed by post MUA exercises, designed to maintain the new range of motion thus helping to achieve the optimal benefit.
A typical rehabilitation program lasts for 3-4 weeks post procedure. The 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. Studies have proposed that it is the adhesions and scar tissue that have built up around spinal joints and muscles that causes chronic pain. MUA, unlike other treatments, can offer patients with acute and chronic pain long term relief, because this procedure treats the fibrous adhesions in the joint capsules, discs, and surrounding supportive tissues.