Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Boise ID

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.

James Robert Polk, MD
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1976

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James Robert Polk
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
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Rheumatology

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Francis Joseph DeGa
(208) 422-1000
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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James Edward Loveless, MD
(208) 383-0201
600 Robbins Rd Ste 100
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1986

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Steven Richard Ecklund, MD
(208) 887-9500
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.William Knibbe
(208) 383-0201
600 W Robbins Rd # 100
Boise, ID
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Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Robert Polk Jr, MD
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: St Alphonsus Reg Med Ctr, Boise, Id

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Dr.Steven Ecklund
(208) 433-0232
222 North 2nd Street #115
Boise, ID
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Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1985
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Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Peggy Ann F Rupp, MD
(208) 322-1920
901 N Curtis Rd Ste 404
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1980

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Francis Joseph Dega, MD
(208) 342-2365
1500 Promontory Rd
Boise, ID
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1960

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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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