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.

Emily M Isaacs
(817) 336-7191
909 9th Ave
Fort Worth, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Samir Rashmikant Patel, MD
(512) 901-4018
12221 N Mo Pac Expy
Austin, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1995

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Carmen M Perez-Masuelli
(281) 440-5300
1140 Cypress Station Dr
Houston, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Roy Mitchell Fleischmann, MD
(214) 879-6700
5939 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1969

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Irwin Jon Russell, MD
(210) 567-4661
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1973

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Martin Fischer
(713) 442-0372
2727 W Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Andrea Bray, MD
8222 Douglas Ave
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1997

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Carmen Perez Masuelli, MD
11800 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1994

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Laura A Suarez
(210) 490-1111
155 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Marilyn K Clark
(254) 724-2111
2401 S 31st St
Temple, TX
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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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