Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Brewton AL

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.

Sohrab Fallahi, MD
(205) 284-3105
9216 Gainswood
Montgomery, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1970

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Thomas Bryant Traylor
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Rheumatology

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Dr.Cornelius Thomas
(205) 591-2758
880 Montclair Rd # 470
Birmingham, AL
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1973
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Montclaire
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Dr.Prameela Goli
(205) 877-2552
2022 Brkwd Med Ctr Dr # 211
Birmingham, AL
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Rheumatologist
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Dr.R. Macon Phillips
(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd SW # 600
Huntsville, AL
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Rheumatologist
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Anthony Michael Turkiewicz
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Rheumatology

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Dr.P. Anthony Saway
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S # 200
Birmingham, AL
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al
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Teresa Jean Oglesby
(251) 633-8880
6701 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
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Rheumatology

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Maura J Kennedy
(205) 559-1275
880 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
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Rheumatology

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Edmund Gerard La Cour, MD
(334) 794-1148
406 Riveredge Pkwy
Dothan, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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