Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Bluefield WV

T’ai chi, as a meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi.

Syed Mahmood Ahmad, MD
(276) 326-2638
11 Westwood Medical Park
Bluefield, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1976

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Michael M Rezaian MD
(304) 262-0085
2010 Doctor Oates Dr
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Robert Lee Vawter, MD
(304) 242-1100
Ste 101 Medical Park Professional Center 3
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Virgen Milagrosa Educ Inst, Inst Of Med Fndn, San Carlos City
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Ohio Valley Rheumatology Assoc

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Michael Alan Istfan, MD
500 Donnally St # B-303
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Marshall Univ Sch Of Med, Huntington Wv 25755
Graduation Year: 1984

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Anil Kumar Rao, MD
(304) 291-6421
PO Box 9200
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dr Sn Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Asim Razzaq, MD
(304) 431-3066
PO Box 5755
Princeton, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Brian Delaney Houston, MD
(304) 598-0110
Heritage Profl B
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1974

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Gur Preet Singh Brar, MD
(304) 424-4249
600 18th St Ste 302
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Michael Mohammad Rezaian
(304) 262-0085
2010 Doctor Oates Dr
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.Shelly Kafka
(304) 624-4315
300 Davisson Run Road #302
Clarksburg, WV
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: United Hospital Center
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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By Cara McDonald

Lenore Pristash was determined to cope with the arthritis in her neck and spine—after all, the 66-year-old was a former aerobics instructor and lifelong golfer, and she was used to being in control of her body. But when her doctor recommended neck surgery to remove bone spurs, the first words out of her mouth were, “No way.” “I was afraid I would lose the ability to do the things I love,” she says.

The Conventional Rx: Pristash was taking glucosamine and chondroitin (joint supplements that aid in cartilage repair), as well as Celebrex, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that irritated her stomach and increased her risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Alternative Rx: T’ai chi. This meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. Pristash started attending a weekly class with a t’ai chi instructor and supplemented with DVD workouts at home.“People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi,” says Pristash’s instructor, Theresa Lilla, who herself has arthritis in her neck and knees. “It helps you to calm and connect with yourself, and when you’re in pain, that’s important.”

The Outcome:
Before t’ai chi, Pristash could move her head only 40 degrees to the left; now she can turn it all the way to her shoulder. Her joints don’t crackle like they used to, and she stopped taking Celebrex. But a surprise benefit has been the mental effect: “T’ai chi enables you to settle your body into yourself and the earth; it sounds corny, but that’s what you do,” Pristash says. “T’ai chi has helped make this disease tolerable.” —Cara McDonald

Author: Cara McDonald

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