Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Mansfield 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.

Trudy Elsmore Termini, MD
(817) 277-3488
Fort Worth, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1975

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Carlos Mc Clellan Kier, MD
(817) 274-0996
909 Medical Centre Dr Ste B
Arlington, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1970

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R Larry Marshall, MD
(817) 332-9688
1650 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Baylor All Saints Med Ctr -Fo, Fort Worth, Tx; Harris Methodist-Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Tx; Plaza Med Ctr Of Ft Worth, Fort Worth, Tx; Harris Methodist Southwest, Fort Worth, Tx; All Saints Hosp -Cityview, Fort Worth, Tx

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Claudio Straus Lehmann, MD
(817) 336-1011
1350 S Main St Ste 2350
Fort Worth, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Education
Medical School: Univ De Chile, Esc De Pregrado, Fac De Med, Santiago, Chile
Graduation Year: 1963

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Hoang Minh Dinh
(817) 336-1011
1325 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Carlos Mcclellan Kier
(817) 274-0996
909 Medical Centre Dr
Arlington, TX
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Rheumatology

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Emily Merrell Isaacs, MD
(817) 336-7191
909 9th Ave Ste 300
Fort Worth, TX
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1980

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(817) 336-1011
1325 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX
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Rheumatology

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Himabindu R Reddy
(817) 336-7191
909 9th Ave
Fort Worth, TX
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Rheumatology

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909 9th Ave
Fort Worth, TX
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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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