Dr. Tafler is an osteopathic physician who can treat a wide variety of conditions that cause pain and stiffness with a non-invasive, safe, and FDA-approved therapy known as manipulation under anesthesia. It provides an effective treatment option that is preferable to narcotic pain relievers and invasive surgeries that require weeks of recovery time.
What Kind of Conditions does Manipulation under Anesthesia Treat?
The wide variety Dr.Tafler services treat conditions that result from the growth of fibrous adhesions in the muscles and around the joints throughout the body. Some of the conditions that he can treat effectively include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Knee pain, including pain following knee surgery
- Failed back surgery
- Nerve entrapment
- Ankle pain
- Compression syndromes
- Post-traumatic syndrome injuries
Although many of the previous treatments for these conditions required strong drugs and invasive surgeries, manipulation under anesthesia is safer, simpler, and more effective.
Who Is a Candidate for Manipulation Under Anesthesia?
Candidates for Dr. Tafler services include those who have any of the conditions listed above and who have received non-surgical care for six to eight weeks with little to no improvement. Although most patients do qualify for the procedure, there are some contraindications. The FDA does not approve the treatment for conditions such as bone disease, bone fractures, gout, or widespread infection as such manipulation may actually worsen these conditions. What’s more, patients who cannot tolerate general anesthesia may not be candidates for the procedure.
What Should You Expect?
If you are interested in Dr. Tafler services, your first appointment will be a consultation. During this meeting, the doctor will ask you about your medical conditions and history, and he will ask you about any previous surgeries in order to help gauge your response to anesthesia. On the day of the procedure, the licensed anesthesiologist will put you into an unconscious state. Then, depending on your condition and its severity, Dr. Tafler will use a variety of osteopathic techniques and manipulations to help break up adhesions, loosen muscles, and soften scar tissue. The process takes about 30 minutes on average.
Some patients experience pain following their treatment, but the vast majority of patients go home the same day with prescriptions for pain medications and directions to ice and elevate the treated area as much as possible. Although the treatment of severe adhesions may require a little recovery time, this recovery is quite short when compared to post-surgical recovery. Dr. Tafler may also recommend physical therapy to help you learn how to retain your range of motion and avoid the regrowth of fibrous adhesions in the future. Following the treatment of light adhesions, massage and heat therapy may help relieve your pain and any residual swelling.
If you have any of the painful conditions shown here and you are interested in learning more about manipulation under anesthesia as a treatment option, please contact osteopathic Doctor Tafler to schedule your consultation. Most patients regain range of motion and enjoy pain relief after their very first session.