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Manipulation Under Anesthesia  (M.U.A)


Manipulation Under Anesthesia or M.U.A. is a non-invasive, highly specialized technique performepecially trained Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Medical Physicians for patients who are not finding relief through conservative treatment or who have been facing or have already had surgery. M.U.A. is an effective alternative to risky and invasive spinal surgery. Studies prove that M.U.A. eliminates or greatly reduces pain and restores or greatly improves normal range of motion.


How Does M.U.A. Work?
M.U.A. achieves results because it allows the doctor to adjust/manipulate the bones and muscles without the usual resistance. Twilight sedation (light sedation) allows you to be responsive but not apprehensive. Adjustments are completed gently and fibrotic adhesions that restrict range of motion and contribute to pain are gently released. Muscles are stretched and eliminate restriction. The result: pain and discomfort are decreased if not eliminated.
Who can Benefit from M.U.A.?

M.U.A. can be an effective procedure for people with chronic neck, back and joint problems including pain and restrictive motion. It is also effective for people with conditions caused by long-term disabilities, accidents and injuries that have not been responsive to conventional treatment. Here are some conditions that M.U.A. may help:

  • Fibrous Adhesions
  • Pain from chronic disc problems
  • Herniated discs (without fragmentation)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Torticollis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Frozen hip
  • Chronic headaches
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Failed back surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint
  • Plantar Fasciitis
Am I a Candidate for M.U.A.?
Patients who have failed conservative care or have reached a "plateau" are potential candidates for this procedure. However, careful selection of qualified candidates is key to success. The doctor will determine if M.U.A. is an option for you. Once you are approved for M.U.A., you will require a complete medical screening so you can be cleared for sedation. The doctor may also order additional tests such as MRIs, blood tests, EKG, chest x-ray and pregnancy test.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Generally speaking, you will not be under any restrictions and you may return to your normal routine including work. To maximize M.U.A., physical therapy and adjustments/manipulation should be started soon after undergoing M.U.A. You should expect 6-8 weeks of these treatments which are typically performed at the doctor's office. Treatment may include: stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, neuromuscular rehabilitation, electrical muscle stimulation and cryo-therapy (ice). Following the prescribed program will help you regain pre-injury strength and help prevent pain and disability in the future.

Contact Info:

19016 Stone Oak Parkway

Suite 280

San Antonio, TX 78258

Phone: 210-545-5111

Fax: 210-545-5120

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


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