Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Opelika AL

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.

Christopher D Adams, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981
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Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Clinic-East Al

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Adahli Estrada, MD
(334) 745-5552
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
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Adahli Estrada Massey
(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
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2948 N Hampton Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1993

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James Ready
(256) 236-5631
1010 Christine Ave
Anniston, AL
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Christopher Denman Adams
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121 North 20th Street # 18
Opelika, AL
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Rheumatology

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(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Parkway
Auburn, AL
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Richard Edwin Jones III, MD
(205) 750-0030
100 Towncenter Blvd Ste 112
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1994
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Hospital: D C H Reg Med Ctr, Tuscaloosa, Al; Northport Hosp -D C H, Northport, Al
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Robert M Phillips
(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd Sw
Huntsville, AL
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James Thurman Jakes, MD
(334) 284-3105
1421 Narrow Lane Pkwy
Montgomery, AL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1975
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Hospital: Baptist Med Ctr, Montgomery, Al
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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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