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.
Finally, this whole over-reaction on the part of Organized Medicine makes no sense. Chiropractors are not putting their patient under anesthesia. This is done in a Hospital by a medical anesthesiologist, so IN FACT, MUA is generating additional income for medical providers. In short, this should help to form bonds between Chiropractic and Medicine. Is it possible that this is the real reason the AMA opposes MUA?
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