Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Osawatomie KS

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.

James Donald Anderson, MD
(316) 612-4815
2450 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983

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(913) 661-9990
12330 Metcalf Ave # 570
Overland Park, KS
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
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Rheumatologist
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Vivian A Illera
(316) 261-3170
848 N Saint Francis St
Wichita, KS
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Rheumatology

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Steen Erik Mortensen, MD
(316) 689-9565
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Odense Univ, Det Laegevidenskabelige, Odense, Denmark
Graduation Year: 1972

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(913) 888-3231
10550 Quivira Rd # 320
Lenexa, KS
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Rheumatologist
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Basit A Malik
(620) 663-8200
210 E 30th Ave
Hutchinson, KS
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Herbert B Lindsley, MD
(913) 588-6100
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1966

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Qaiser Rehman, MD
(620) 672-1002
203 Watson St Ste 300
Pratt, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Aga Khan Med Coll, Aga Khan Univ, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Timothy Scott Shaver, MD
(316) 612-4815
2450 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks; Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St J, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Pma Crow-Tretbar

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(785) 840-2551
4609 Harvard Rd
Lawrence, KS
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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