Inside the OR: Spinal Manipulation Under Anesthesia

February 13, 2008

Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives.

Some people have to resort to invasive surgery for a cure, but there is one method that only a few doctors here in the Commonwealth are turning to and it doesn't involved going under the knife.

It's called Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) because to fix the problem a patient is put to sleep.

"While you're in the operating room the spine and areas of injury are stretched. Adhesions are broken up and discs are decompressed," said Dr. Mark Dean.

After three consecutive sessions of MUA and about six weeks of physical therapy most patients see pain diminish.

For more information on MUA click on the newslinks section of this website.

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