Live and Let Live?
SOURCE: A Chiro.Org Editorial
Here’s a question I don’t have an answer for:
Do chiropractors need to adjust people while the patient is under anesthesia (a.k.a MUA)?
I have no experience to guide me. I have never met a patient whose muscle spasm (or spinal “fixation”) was so great that I was not able to adjust them. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they might not be out there somewhere. I can only assume that’s why someone came up with the idea of MUA in the first place. Until now this never seemed relevant to me, and I didn’t pay attention to the evolution of this practice.
What I do know is that organized medicine is in a huge uproar about MUA.
A March 22 posting on the AMA-News WEBSITE  reports on new MUA guidelines adopted in February by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the response of the medical establishment.
In early February, I reported on a similar story in Texas  because of a unique twist: Besides resisting chiropractor’s right to provide MUA, the TMA (Texas Medical Association) decided to challenge Texas chiropractor’s “right” to diagnose. Now, them’s fighting words! This posting generated a lot of responses, and was the most-read posting for February. The Texas Chiropractic Association Web Site recently posted these comments:
Well, all I can say is that MUA has opened up quite the can-o-worms in Texas and California. I still don’t have a strong feeling about MUA, but I do now have mixed feelings about the uproar it’s generating, and I ask myself…is this a fight worth fighting? I’d love to hear from doctors who have trained to provide this service.
1. California Physicians Object to Expanded Scope for Chiropractors
AMA-News ~ March 22, 2010
2. Organized Medicine Attempts To Deny Chiropractors Right To Diagnose in Texas
Chiro.Org Blog ~ February 4th, 2010
3. Follow-up News about the Court Case
Texas Chiropractic Association Web Site posting