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Subject: Manipulation under Anesthesia

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Manipulation under anesthesia, or MUA, is used to treat joints that are not properly aligned. This treatment method may improve motion and reduce pain. Normally, the muscles around a joint in this condition will try to prevent the joint from moving due to pain. To avoid this, in this form of treatment you are first anesthetized, relaxing your muscles completely. This allows the joint to move more freely. Your doctor will then manipulate the effected joint to realign it and improve its range of motion.

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Note: For all medical decisions about this service, Florida Blue uses the Position Statement in the Clinical View of this medical coverage guideline. To make the best decision for your health needs, talk to your doctor. The services covered vary from health plan to health plan. Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.


Manipulation under anesthesia services may be covered if certain requirements are met for:

• Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

• Arthrofibrosis after total knee replacement or other knee surgeries

• Arthrofibrosis after joint surgery that does not respond to other conservative therapy

• Joint dislocations confirmed by medical imaging

Manipulation for other joint disorders, including the spine or hip/pelvis area is considered experimental or investigational. Clinical evidence is not sufficient to support this treatment.

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• Federal Employee Program (FEP): Certain exceptions apply.

• State Account Organization (SAO): Certain exceptions apply.

• Medicare Advantage products: Certain exceptions apply.

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Date Printed: May 24, 2018: 11:43 AM