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Manipulation Under Anesthesia

What IS MUA?

mua-1Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is multidisciplinary manual therapy treatment system which is used by specially trained chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons as a means of breaking up scar tissue around a joint without complete range of motion while the patient is under moderate to deep IV sedation using monitorized anesthesia care (MAC). The procedure takes a relatively short period of time (15- 20 min) and the surgeon can gain improved range of motion for the patient.

Both Dr. Ross and Dr. McCann are trained and certified to perform manipulation under anesthesia in an outpatient setting.


mua-3This non-invasive treatment that has been used – believe it or not – for nearly a century in treating chronic pain, and is often used to relieve pain associated with such conditions as:

  • Failed Back Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Syndrome
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Sacroiliac Syndromes
  • Lumbar/Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Frozen Shoulder (“Adhesive Capsulitis”)
  • Joint Calcification   Radiculopathies due to adhesions and compression syndromes
  • Fixed Articulations
  • Pelvic and Hip Pain
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Conditions (deemed non-surgical)
  • Fibrous Adhesions and scar tissue from multiple injuries or trauma


mua-4The goal of MUA is to restore the range of motion of these regions by breaking up adhesions which have formed in the muscles, near the joint capsule, or around the nerve root.  After that has been achieved, follow-up with the patient in an office or rehabilitative setting to work on rebuilding the surrounding muscles as well as to reform the scar tissue can be more effective and longer-lasting than more traditional approaches. Studies prove when compared to surgery and other procedures, MUA patients return to work faster, have higher activity rates and longer lasting results. Several spinal conditions including chronic disc problems, failed surgery, sciatica and decreased range of motion caused by scar tissue build-up have shown to benefit from MUA. Also, soft tissue problems such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic muscle spasm and headaches/migraines respond with excellent results from the MUA procedure.

Chiropractic Staff

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