Douglas Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) Therapy
Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA):
Is a non-invasive outpatient procedure offered for acute and chronic conditions including:
By lightly anesthetizing a patient, previously painful adjustments and movements are accomplished quickly and pain free, helping to greatly improve or even restore range of motion. MUA is a viable alternative for those patients who do not respond to traditional conservative care or other invasive procedures such as surgery.
Intravenous conscious sedation shuts off the muscle spasm cycle, sedates the pain perceiving nerves and allows complete muscle relaxation. Although the patient is asleep, protective reflexes remain intact. The physician is then able to gently manipulate the joints through their normal range of motion to reduce restrictive adhesions and misalignment of the spine.
The procedure usually lasts 15 to 20 minutes and the patient wakes up quickly thereafter and is monitored by qualified personnel until ready to be discharged. MUA is performed in a state licensed out-patient surgical center. The MUA procedure is typically repeated 3 days consecutively.