Frequently Asked Questions About

Manipulation Under Anesthesia

What is MUA or Manipulation Under Anesthesia?

MUA stands for Manipulation Under Anesthesia.

Why would you be a candidate for it?

If you have been suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain for a long time and have tried many different therapies to no avail, and you are staring surgery in the face, then wait! MUA may be able to help you.

What does it do?

We put you to sleep for twenty minutes and then perform a series of aggressive chiropractic manipulations to you, equivalent of a dozen or so regular therapy sessions. It is designed to free up adhesions, scar tissue and other elements that cause you pain, discomfort and loss of range of motion. 

In normal therapy, the pain would be too much to bear and your body would naturally fight the therapy and you would tense up even more. This increases the pain. By putting you to sleep, the body is relaxed and the therapy is able to be applied with no resistance.

You will wake up a little sore, but in a day or so, the results should speak for themselves.

How successful is it?

We have in excess of 90% success rate in helping people reduce or eliminate their pain. It is less expensive than surgery, much safer, and provides your body the opportunity to be able to heal itself with the better chance of getting you back to your old self. It is often seen as the last attempt before actual surgery is carried out if that is deemed the only option.

I’ve never heard of it before, is it new?

Believe it or not, but manipulation under anesthesia has been around for around 70 years. Thanks to new techniques and safer anesthesiology, it has become even safer and more practical than before. Because of this, it has seen something of a revival.

You say to call to see if I’m a candidate. How do I even know if I could be?

Manipulation under anesthesia is great for chronic back pain, neck pain and shoulder issues such as frozen shoulder syndrome. But it is also great for other conditions such as chronic disc conditions and fibromyalgia. 

In simple terms if you are suffering chronic pain in any of your joints, have limited range of function and have tried everything from orthopedics to physical therapy to chiropractic and the issue still keeps coming back, then you are likely a candidate. If you are considering surgery to correct your issue, then you may be a candidate.

In short, if you are in chronic pain and don’t know what to do, come and see us. You can walk in and we can discuss, or you can make an appointment 856 690 8883.

If I am a candidate and decide to go ahead, what can I expect?

After you have been examined with appropriate X-Rays and MRIs and we have discussed what manipulation under anesthesia can do for you then we will set up an appointment for you to come in.

  • You will need to have someone come in with you as they will have to drive you home after the procedure.
  • You will be in a surgical setting, so you will receive the same care as someone going in for surgery.
  • Once you are under anesthetic, I will perform the MUA, and adjust your body accordingly.
  • Once the procedure is done (takes about 20 minutes) you will wake in the recovery room.
  • You’ll then go home and take some pain medication as you will be sore for a day or so but you should feel a reduction in your pain levels quite quickly.
  • There will be a program to follow after the procedure including exercises and further therapy to improve your mobility further and to reduce pain further.


To find out if you are a candidate, call us today 856 690 8883.

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