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Spinal stenosis in lower lumbar area. Pain in back radiating to legs. Try acupuncture?

I am 83 yrs. young. I have Spinal Stenosis in the lower lumbar area. I have had two spinal shots (August & Oct..) in my home state of Wisconsin. Each was effective for only 5 weeks. I have had Acupuncture in the past for shoulder pain (about 30 yrs. ago),and it was 100% effective. I would like to try Acupuncture to relieve the pain in my back which radiates to my upper legs. Who would you recomend? Lois Geiger, Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort, AZ. Site 505. 414-614-7252 YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Acupuncture is an alternative medicine option and definitely try that option. As such no harm in taking that treatment. Lumbar canal stenosis is a mechanical problem and is due to the compromised nerve space. So the definitive treatment is surgical decompression however it is reasonable to consider all other options before considering surgery unless you have significant weakness in legs or issues with bowel and bladder habits.thanks.
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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