What to Expect
Once you are selected by Dr. Rae as a candidate for MUA, he will begin the typical treatment plan with a medical screening process to clear the you for anesthesia. Dr. Rae may also order additional tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cat scans (CT), and other diagnostic tests, if needed. After receiving medical clearance, you will be scheduled at the facility where the MUA will be performed.
What is the MUA procedure like? On the day of the MUA, you are not allowed to eat past midnight and you must be accompanied by a friend or family member to drive you home afterwards. There is no cutting with MUA like surgery. The actual procedure is very gentle. A small dose of anesthesia is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist. The procedure generally only lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. After you have fallen asleep, the muscles affecting spinal function are stretched and the dysfunctional fixated areas are manipulated. You wake up quickly thereafter and are monitored by qualified personnel until you are ready to be discharged. In most cases, the procedure is repeated over three consecutive days. In a very limited few cases it is only performed for two consecutive days. However, a series of MUAs has proven to be much more thorough and effective in the majority of cases.
Post-procedure care is probably the most important part of the MUA procedure and makes it truly effective. In fact, those that do not receive the results that they were looking for are the ones that did not follow through with their post-procedure therapy. The therapy begins immediately - the same day. At this time you may visit the Dr. Rae's office and undergo a combination of stretching exercises, cryotherapy, and electrical stimulation to eliminate and reduce soreness. You then return home to rest. After the last MUA procedure, you should follow an intensive therapy program for seven to ten days consisting of the same stretches that were performed during the procedure. Rehabilitation for the next two to three weeks includes stretching, flexibility, and strengthening exercises, plus manipulation as required by Dr. Rae. The regimented post-MUA therapy will help you regain pre-injury strength and help prevent future pain and disability.
In most cases patients experience increased ranges of motion, decreased pain, and improved functional abilities. For many, the reults are truly life changing.