Manipulation under anesthesia New York for spinal pain is an alternative treatment for chronic pain sufferers that can help prevent surgery if that has been prescribed. Spinal manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) is a non invasive procedure that can potentially treat chronic neck and back pain when other treatments like regular adjustments or physical therapy hasn’t worked.
MUA is performed by a combination of manipulations that are performed by chiropractors or osteopaths. These include short-lever spinal manipulations, articular and postural maneuvers, and passive stretches. These procedures can change depending on what clinic is performing it, because there are not yet any formal standards. MUA is always performed in a hospital or surgery center under one of the following anesthetics: general anesthesia (completely unconscious), mild sedation with the patient awake but no pain or likeliness to remember the procedure, local anesthetic with the injection going into and numbing one location, with the patient alert and awake. Spinal MUA will usually take less than an hour.
Manipulation under anesthesia New York for spinal pain has a medical team that performs the procedure which typically includes: a lead chiropractor, assistant doctor, anesthesiologist, and nurses/ other assistants who help during the procedure.
MUA is normally performed for chronic neck or back pain that involves but is not limited to: tissue inflammation, muscle tenderness/ spasm, and reduced range of motion. Sometimes it is performed because an entrapped nerve causes pain down into the arm or leg, or even up the head. Many people have had successful outcomes with spinal MUA, but the procedure has not been scientifically proven to be effective and further research is occurring.
Manipulation under anesthesia New York for spinal pain does contain some risks, as does any surgical procedure. They are pretty rare, but include an adverse reaction to anesthesia, worsening of the existing spinal condition, stroke, paralysis, and others.
To reduce the procedure’s risks, a thorough patient history and physical exam must be performed. In addition, most doctors require 6+ weeks of manipulation and physical therapy, x-rays, MRI of the injured areas, and EKG/ECG to rule a patient in or out as a candidate for spinal MUA. Although there are risks, a thorough examination of the patient is conducted to make sure they are a good candidate for the procedure.
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