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Common Questions Regarding MUA

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There are some conditions that benefit from MUA and here at Health One we’re fully trained and experienced in this beneficial and highly specialized technique.  In fact, we’re the only chiropractic care provider in Delaware that provides this proven treatment option.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), is a non-invasive procedure increasingly offered for acute and chronic muscle and joint conditions. For patients who have been under a doctor’s care for at least 8-weeks and are experiencing little to no relief, this procedure may be beneficial to your overall physical and mental well being.

The following are some commonly asked questions regarding this revolutionary procedure:

What exactly is MUA?

Manipulation Under Anesthesia has been around since the 1930’s. Patients are placed into sedation so that the muscles and tissues surrounding the spine and joints can be manipulated while the person is in a completely relaxed state. Because there is no resistance, the ability to stretch the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to increase the range of motion, produces a greater and long lasting relief from pain. There are three segments/days for this procedure lasting approximately 1-hour including preparatory and recovery time. The patient is generally under anesthesia for 20–30 minutes.

Am I a Candidate for MUA?

If you are experiencing pain and have been under a doctor‘s care for at least eight weeks with no results, this procedure may be the next step towards pain reduction and functional improvement. The following are just a few of the conditions treated through MUA:

  • Muscle, Tendon, Ligament, and Capsulse injuries

  • Herniated Discs - Neck & Low Back

  • Bulging Discs - Neck & Low Back

  • Failed Back Surgery

  • Fibromyalgia/ Fibromyositis

  • Chronic Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions / Frozen Shoulder/ Adhesive Capsulitis

Is it Safe?

MUA is generally safe. As with any medical procedure, precautions such as blood work, x-rays, MRIs, and physical exams may be necessary to ensure the well-being of the patient.

Who Performs the MUA?

Manipulation Under Anesthesia is performed by a doctor who has been trained and certified. There is also additional medical staff, including an anesthesiologist, nurses, and assistants.

Where is MUA Performed?

MUA is performed in a procedure room, and/or surgery center. 

How much does MUA cost?

Each session of the Manipulation Under Anesthesia varies per patient and region. The cost for each spine segment is variable.  If the shoulder is the area treated, the cost is $1000. Other charges for the surgery center and anesthesiologist vary per procedure.

What Happens After the MUA?

Once a patient has completed all three phases of the procedure, physical therpay will begin for an 8 – 12 week period. The doctor will closely monitor your progress and oversee your continued care.

How Long Will the Results Last?

Patients who undergo MUA experience amazing and long lasting results. Most people will see at least an 80% increase in muscle flexibility and strength and a significant, if not complete relief from pain. Although the desired results from MUA are a direct result of the treatment, patient follow-up and self-care are most important to long term recovery and a pain free life.

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