Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) Specialist

AZ Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management located in Deer Valley, Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, Mesa, AZ

If you’re looking for a nonsurgical option that effectively addresses chronic, hard-to-treat joint or muscle pain, manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) may be the perfect solution. The interventional pain management specialists at AZ Pain Solutions in Deer Valley, Phoenix have been using this technique to successfully relieve chronic pain for years. To find out whether MUA is a good option for your pain, call or book an appointment online.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) Q & A

What is manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)?

Manipulation under anesthesia, or MUA, is a noninvasive treatment that targets joint and muscle pain, especially chronic pain that’s unresponsive to other treatments.

During this procedure, your doctor at AZ Pain Solutions manipulates your soft tissue and your joints, specifically your spine, while you’re under the effects of anesthesia. Thanks to a technique called conscious sedation, you’re not fully asleep during the process, but your body is under the full influence of the anesthesia.

What does MUA treat?

The pain specialists at AZ Pain Solutions turn to MUA to address:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Shortened muscles
  • Migraines

This list is by no means comprehensive. If you’re plagued by pain that has so far been unresponsive to treatment, the doctors may recommend this noninvasive technique.

How does MUA work?

The goal of MUA is to break up scar tissue and fibrous adhesions that are causing you pain. This fibrous tissue often impedes the function of your joints, which causes inflammation and nerve irritation. While traditional pain remedies block the nerves from sending pain signals, they don’t address the underlying cause of your problem.

During MUA, the specialists at AZ Pain Solutions stretch your soft tissue and manipulate your spine in order to break up the hard tissue that is the hallmark of scarring and adhesions. After the manipulation, they inject anti-inflammatories into the area.

The advantages of being under anesthesia are many:

  • Your muscles are more relaxed
  • Your pain signals are turned off
  • The doctors can stretch your muscles and tissue past the point where you would otherwise stop

MUA has been in practice for 70 years, and it’s geared toward patients who find little relief in other treatments.

When will I see results from MUA?

When the anesthesia wears off, you’ll likely experience an immediate improvement in your pain levels and your range of motion. It’s up to you to maintain these results.

While you were in pain, your body grew accustomed to operating in a certain way to compensate. Over the following 4-6 weeks after your treatment, you need to retrain and strengthen your muscles to prevent your condition from resurfacing.

If you suffer from hard-to-treat chronic pain, call AZ Pain Solutions to learn more about manipulation under anesthesia. You can also use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.