What is Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Manipulation Under Anesthesia is a manual treatment that is used to help improve soft tissue movement using perfectly controlled manipulation and mobilization techniques. During this process the patient is sedated under sedation that can range from moderate to deep using anesthetic monitoring.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia is a treatment that has been used since the 30´s, although it stopped being practiced for a period to study it more and offer better results.
To explain this topic a little better, we will give you a simple but very clear example:
“Imagine a knee operation, where the patient must be in constant therapy for at least 6 to 8 weeks to recover their mobility. If during this period of time the knee fails to show flexibility, your doctor may be inclined to perform an Ambulatory Surgery to perform a manipulation under anesthesia, taking approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
With the help of Manipulation Under Anesthesia, the surgeon can improve the flexibility of the knee (since it does not have a full range of motion) without causing more pain to the patient.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia works by relaxing the muscle which helps the doctor to stretch, massage and adjust the muscles or joints.
Now that you have a clear picture of what Manipulation Under Anesthesia is, here are some of the conditions treated by this type of manipulation.
It is very important to emphasize that this type of manipulation does not imply any surgical aggression.
Conditions Treated by Handling Under Anesthesia
• Chronic – peripheral fibrosis, either muscular or articular.
• Post-surgical fibrosis.
• Inability to respond to manual therapy after a period of 6 to 8 weeks.
• Chronic or recurring pain.
• Chronic, muscular, or peripheral, fibrotic adhesion formation.
• Peripheral Syndrome.
• Traumatic Torticollis.
• Lumbarization associated with acute / chronic pain.
• Chronic disc changes.
• Unsuccessful spine surgery.
• Shoulder stiffness.
• Chronic neck pain.
• Chronic lower back pain.
• Pelvis and hip pain.
• Nerve entrapment.
• Chronic headaches.
• Acute and chronic muscle spasms.
Is Manipulation Under Anesthesia Safe?
This type of manipulation is highly safe. The side effects of this sedation are exactly the same as those of a normal chiropractic procedure.
“Conscious sedation” is perfect for these procedures because the patient is not under general anesthesia.
Why choose Manipulation Under Anesthesia?
• Avoid future surgery.
• Long-term treatments that are expensive.
• Improves the quality of life by eliminating chronic pain.
• Avoid nonsurgical methods to eliminate pain such as trigger point injections.