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
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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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Mary R Romanic
(304) 263-0811
510 Butler Ave
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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 M Rezaian, MD
(724) 284-1264
2010 Oats Drive South
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Mundial Dominicana (Umd), Esc De Med (World Univ) (Closed 1991)
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va
Group Practice: Butler Regional Arthritis

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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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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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Brian Delaney Houston
(304) 598-0110
1199 Van Voorhis Rd
Morgantown, WV
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Wassim Salem Saikali
(304) 256-0242
421 Carriage Dr
Beckley, WV
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.William Dennison
(304) 528-4621
5170 U.S. 60 #2800
Huntington, WV
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M
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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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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