Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Deridder LA

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.

Agnes A Solon Ashby, MD
(312) 567-2000
Alexandria, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1987

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Agnes A Solon
(318) 442-4200
201 4th St
Alexandria, LA
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Rheumatology

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John Edward Hull
(318) 388-5830
3402 Magnolia Cove
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Hector Mena, MD
(225) 246-9301
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Costa Rica, Fac De Med, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1966

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Madura J Rangaraj, MD
(318) 388-5830
610 Loop Rd
Monroe, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1975

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Angele D Bourg
(225) 769-4044
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
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Rheumatology

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William E Davis
(504) 842-4000
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Madelaine Feldman
(504) 899-1120
2633 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Walter H Eversmeyer, MD
(504) 889-5242
4315 Houma Blvd Ste 201
Metairie, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1970

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Leonard Serebro
(504) 842-3920
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
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Rheumatology

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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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