MUA is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that is highly effective for neck pain, back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, disc problems and more. Because the patient is lightly sedated (twilight anesthesia), they are able to be mobilized, adjusted and stretched in a way not possible through traditional physical therapy or chiropractic care. Manipulation of the spine with the patient sedated is one of the safest and effective methods of altering chronic pain. Many insurance companies cover this procedure, as it is a viable alternative to surgery or a lifelong dependency on pain pills. Dr.Sheppard and Dr. Silverberg are both certified MUA practitioners, ask them if an MUA can help you, too.
On the day of the MUA, the patient must be accompanied by a friend or family member to drive the patient home after the procedure. No patient will be allowed to drive following this procedure. The surgery center also offers patient transportation. The patient is evaluated and prepared for the procedure by the competent team of Medical Doctors, Registered nurses, Anesthesiologists, and nurse anesthetists. The patient is then lightly anesthetized to achieve the comfortable "twilight" sleep that makes treatment possible. This sedative is similar to what a patient would experience if receiving a colonoscopy or oral surgery. The patient is gently and comfortably mobilized, stretched, and adjusted according to established and proven MUA protocols. The procedure enables us to eliminate the “muscle-guarding” or patient anxiety that inhibits the full benefit of the treatment being performed. After the procedure the patient is taken to the recovery room, and returns home to rest. A prescription antiinflammatory may be prescribed at this time. This procedure may be repeated up to three times, as research has proven that 3 mini-sessions of MUA mobilization is often more effective than just one procedure.
Post MUA care is one of the most important parts of the procedure. The patient's compliance with the aftercare contributes greatly to the overall success of the procedure.
The patient will return to our office for rehab, massage and physical therapy including education on home stretching exercises and mobilization for 3-8 weeks, usually 2-3 times per week. This intensive therapy program helps maintain the results achieved during the MUA procedure. A regimented program of post-MUA therapy will help the patient regain both pre-injury strength and help prevent future pain and disability. The patient will be given an at-home protocol of stretching to perform daily.