Doctor Snow has pioneered this procedure amoung chiropractors here in Utah. Manipulation Under Anesthesia (M.U.A.) is a procedure done in an outpatient surgical center working with a team of Doctors (M.D.'s, D.O.'s, D.C's) and nurses to manipulate the patient's spine and larger joints in a way that allows for alterations of adhesions, thus improving range of motion, and reducing chronic pain. This is not a new procedure, it has been done since the 1930's on shoulders, hips and other extremities, but only within the last 20 years has it been practiced by the chiropractic profession on the joints of the spine.
This procedure is not for just anybody. A patient must have had prior conservative care, with little or no benefit. The patient must undergo a chiropractic examination, M.R.I., and a medical examination to rule out any contraindications and be cleared for anesthesia. Patients who generally benefit from this procedure are those with chronic neck or back pain, migraine headaches, restriction of movement, pain or numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, herniated discs, sciatica, and fibromyalgia to name a few.
Not just any chiropractor can perform this procedure. A chiroprcator must have completed an extensive training program in M.U.A. through an acredited college, and passed a national examination to be certified to perform this procedure. Currently there are only a hand full of certified chiropractors here in Utah, and Doctor Snow has been key in getting them certified and establishing this procedure here in Utah.
For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call my clinic at 801-955-1555.