A member asked:

Is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia effective?

9 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Jack Choueka answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Yes : For patients with frozen shoulders who have failed all other treatments, manipulation under anesthesia with or without arthroscopy is effective in regaining shoulder motion. Must be done carefully because of the risk of fracturing the bone. Also immediate and sustained therapy is required to maintain the motion after the manipulation.

Answered 3/11/2016



Depends: On the chiropractor or osteopath and their experience. The potential for injury is much greater when doing any kind of manipulation under anesthesia, so you need to have someone experienced.

Answered 10/26/2016



Yes: This is a great way to manipulate the shoulder pain free and comfortably. However, it is important to know why the shoulder is being manipulated? What problem is present. Consult with your doctor.

Answered 1/7/2018


Dr. Richard Pollard answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Yes: The anesthetic allows the surgeon to break up adhesions in your shoulder from scar tissue that you would not permit them to do while you are awake. In this way they can greatly improve range of motion.

Answered 4/24/2015



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