MUA for Serious Back Pain
Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) is an outpatient procedure for patients with severe chronic back pain. The area of the spine is anesthetized and a doctor of chiropractic provides careful manipulation to the distressed area without muscles constrictions. The procedure is repeated 2-4 times over 7-10 days.
A study of MUA found that “sixteen of 18 patients experienced a clinically meaningful improvement in ODI (pain disability) score. No adverse reactions were reported.” The authors concluded that “MUA showed clinically meaningful reduction in low back pain disability.”
MUA is an option for severe back pain, particularly for patients who are considering surgery. Patient should consult with a doctor of chiropractic to determine if MUA should be considered.