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.

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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Vijayanarayana Rao Jampala
(256) 880-4077
400 Whitesport Dr Sw Ste 104
Huntsville, AL
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Rheumatology

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Lourdes Carlota Corman, MD
(256) 551-4611
301 Governors Dr SW Rm 389-A
Huntsville, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1970
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Hospital: Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
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Anthony Michael Turkiewicz
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Dyrc Frederick Sibrans, MD
(256) 355-3255
1215 7th St SE Ste 240
Decatur, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1964

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R Macon Phillips Jr, MD
(256) 551-6510
Rheum Assoc N Alabama Ste 600 201 Sivley Rd SE
Huntsville, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al; Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
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(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S # 200
Birmingham, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
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Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John D Morgan Jr, MD
(205) 783-5151
701 Richard Scrushy Pkwypob 27
Fairfield, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert Edward Hunt, MD
(256) 551-6510
Rheum Assoc N Alabama Ste 600 201 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1973

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(334) 495-2600
4101 C Wall St
Montgomery, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10
Graduation Year: 1947

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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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