Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Henderson TX

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.

David Earl Nachimson, MD
(973) 429-8870
Irving, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kara Hampton Prescott
(940) 387-9100
2900 N Interstate 35
Denton, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Brian Sam Sayers, MD
1301 W 38th St Ste 110
Austin, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Seton Med Ctr, Austin, Tx
Group Practice: Austin Rheumatology Assoc

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William Wade White
(210) 590-9596
8527 Village Dr
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Angela McCain
(281) 980-2717
16659 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Pallavi Nandeeshwar
(972) 547-9700
2414 W University Dr # 112
Mc Kinney, TX
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F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Alan David Croock, MD
(713) 798-4491
3601 N MacGregor Way
Houston, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1975

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Rafael G Grau, MD
215 E Quincy St
San Antonio, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ruy Carrasco, MD
(505) 623-2066
1701 W 34th St
Austin, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1999

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Yijun Fan, MD
(214) 345-5703
8440 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Beijing Med Univ, Beijing, Beijing, China
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital Of Dalla, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Texas Medical & Surgical Associates Pa

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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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