During Manipulation Under Anesthesia
After the patient is prepared for the procedure, special techniques may be used to stretch shortened muscles and similar thick, flexible tissues. Pain can be eased by breaking up scar tissue (adhesions) that may develop after failed back surgery or from repeated injuries to muscles. Under certain circumstances, radiating nerve pain stemming from disc damage may be corrected with MUA rather than surgery. Manipulations may also be done to:
- Reduce recurring muscle spasms
- Decrease excessive sensitivity in certain tissues
- Remove scar tissue around spinal joints (facet joints)
Benefits from Anesthesia
The anesthesia itself provides benefits for some patients. Sedative effects of the medication may ease muscle spasms, reduce nerve sensitivity, and relax muscles long enough for tense or shortened muscles to be stretched.