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Manipulation Under Anesthesia

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At South County Spine Care Center, we offer our patients a variety of treatment methods that are minimally invasive. We find that this provides our patients with decreased recovery times, complications, and pain. One of our most common methods for treatment is manipulation under anesthesia. For more information about this method, contact our Orange County office today.

What conditions are helped by manipulation under anesthesia?

Manipulation under anesthesia can be effective for a wide variety of conditions and pain, including neck pain, back pain, muscle spasms, and joint pain.

It can be used for acute pain (pain that is temporary, typically caused by an injury) or chronic pain (pain that is constant and long term).

How does manipulation under anesthesia work?

This method of treatment works in a few ways, including the use of stretches and other movements in order to break up scar tissue around the spine. It is a great option for patients who want to experience relief but do not want to undergo a surgical procedure.


During the treatment, you are put under gentle anesthesia. Then, your doctor adjusts your spine and the surrounding tissues. This method works well because the anesthesia allows you to be more responsive and less tense than you would be otherwise. This level of relaxation reduces the existence and muscle contractions that would otherwise be encountered with the same movements.

Although this method is not relatively well-known, it is gaining exposure and recognition in the medical community as a source of relief. It is performed only by orthopedic professionals and chiropractors that are specially trained in the practice.

Am I a candidate for manipulation under anesthesia?

Only your doctor can tell you for sure if you are a candidate for manipulation under anesthesia during your initial consultation. Your doctor might select you for manipulation under anesthesia if you have tried other types of relief for six to eight weeks but have not found any relief from pain in your back or neck. If you are experiencing pain even after trying more invasive relief methods, like surgery, you could be a candidate.

However, there are some things that could make you not qualify for manipulation under anesthesia. You might need to undergo some diagnostic testing to make sure that you are a good fit. The screening involved can include imaging, like x-rays, as well as EKG testing, an evaluation of your medical history, a physical exam, and blood work. For more information, contact South County Spine Care Center today to get started with the consultation process.