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Laura  Christensen, LAc
Acupuncture of Iowa
1070 William St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
Successful Treatment of Sciatic Pain Down the Leg
A 50 year old lawyer came to see me in 1999 for pain radiating from his low back down his leg. It was going through the cheek of the buttocks and down the side of the thigh, side of the calf, and to the top lateral ankle. He had the pain for a couple of years and it had been getting worse over the past couple of months, and he was scheduled to have surgery on his back in a month. They planned to fuse two levels of his lumbar spine, L3 and L4.

He had two sessions of acupuncture the first week, two the second week and two more sessions over the two following weeks. He was then completely free of pain and cancelled his surgery. He commented on the fact that the surgery would have cost his insurance company over $10,000 and the acupuncture had cost him $350.

For this treatment, I used a combination of points in the hands and feet to help the low back relax and change the spinal organization. I then used points in the low back and the cheek of the buttock, as well as points in the backs of the knees which are often used to help the low back. I added points in the ear for the lumbar spine, kidney, and pain control.

He came back to see me twice again, on a once a month basis to prevent recurrence of his pain, but as it never came back, I never saw him after that.
Bussiness Hours: Mo: 12PM-8PM, Tue + Thu: 9AM-6PM, Fri: 10AM-5PM, Sat: 9AM-1PM
Phone Consulting: Yes
Fees Schedule: $50-110 (depending on the complexity for the initial visit) $75 (acupuncture session); few insurances are accepted
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