Manipulation under anesthesia

Manipulation under anesthesia is a form of manual manipulation therapy that involves moderate to deep IV sedation. Manual manipulation is when a chiropractor or physical therapist flexes, mobilizes or adjusts a joint in the patient’s body to address issues in the joint, improve range of motion and relieve stiffness, pain, swelling and more. This procedure is often recommended after other nonsurgical treatments, such as medication, hot/cold therapy and exercise, have been unable to provide the relief necessary for a good quality of life.

Is it helpful?

Proponents of this procedure say that the anesthesia allows the chiropractor or other practitioner to flex and mobilize the treatment area without worrying about the patient instinctively tensing, which often occurs if there is no anesthesia. Movements and adjustments that might have otherwise caused discomfort during the procedure can now be carried out quickly and easily, potentially providing a greater range of motion and less pain.

Is it for you?

Just like regular manual manipulation, manipulation under anesthesia is designed to temporarily help those suffering from back pain, neck pain, inflammation and muscle spasms caused by spine conditions like arthritis or a herniated disc. However, certain people should not undergo anesthetization for various reasons, so this procedure is not for everyone. Before undergoing manual manipulation, you will need to consult with your doctor 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.

When does spine surgery become an option?

If manual manipulation, with or without anesthesia, combined with other conservative treatments like medications, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, exercise and stretching have been unable to ease your neck or back 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 spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ Our highly skilled surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques that only require a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine.

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