Manipulation under anesthesia

Manipulation under anesthesia is a form of the chiropractic procedure known as manual manipulation. Manual manipulation is when a chiropractor flexes, mobilizes or adjusts a joint in the patient’s body to address any abnormalities in the joint, improve range of motion and relieve stiffness, pain, swelling and more. This procedure is often recommended after other nonsurgical treatments (like exercise and physical therapy) have failed. However, manipulation under anesthesia involves the patient undergoing such a procedure while under moderate to deep IV sedation, which may not be ideal for every patient.

Is it helpful?

Proponents of this procedure say that the anesthesia allows the chiropractor to flex and mobilize the patient’s joint without worrying about the patient instinctively tensing up or wincing, which might occur if the patient were not anesthetized. Movements and adjustments that might have otherwise caused discomfort during the procedure can now be carried out quickly and easily, potentially providing the patient with greater range of motion and less pain.

Is it for you?

Just like regular manual manipulation, manipulation under anesthesia has been shown to temporarily help those suffering from back pain, neck pain, inflammation, muscle spasms or other spinal conditions. However, certain individuals should not undergo anesthetization for various reasons, so this procedure is not for everyone. Before undergoing manual manipulation, you will need to consult with a physician who can evaluate the benefits of the procedure for your condition depending on your symptoms, past medical history and other factors. Diagnostic testing may be required.

If manual manipulation — under anesthesia or not — or other conservative treatments like medications, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, exercise and stretching have failed to ease your back or neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your pain is a result of bone spurs, facet disease, a pinched nerve or any of a variety of degenerative spine conditions, we perform minimally invasive outpatient procedures that are a safer and more effective alternative to open neck or back surgery. You can submit your most recent MRI or CT scan for our medical staff to review and determine whether you may be a candidate. Don’t wait any longer to rediscover your life with pain relief!