Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Duluth MN

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.

Stephen Leigh Hadley
(218) 249-6960
1000 E 1st St
Duluth, MN
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Rheumatology

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Robert Dana Leff
(218) 786-8364
400 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Raymond Charles Hausch
(218) 786-8364
400 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Charles R Moore
(218) 249-6960
1000 E 1st St
Duluth, MN
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Rheumatology

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Ana Margarita Fernandez-Pokorny
(218) 786-8364
400 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Raymond Charles Hausch, MD
(218) 786-8888
400 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1993
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Hospital: St Marys Med Ctr, Duluth, Mn
Group Practice: Duluth Clinic

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Ana M Fernandez Pokorny, MD
(218) 786-8364
407 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1988

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Stephen Leigh Hadley, MD
(218) 529-6960
1000 E 1st St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Duluth, Mn; St Marys Med Ctr, Duluth, Mn
Group Practice: Endocrinology Associates

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Charles Robert Moore, MD
(218) 529-6960
915 E 1st St
Duluth, MN
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1968

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Dr.Raymond Hausch
(218) 786-8364
400 East 3rd Street
Duluth, MN
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: St. Marys Duluth Clinic
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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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