Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Park Hills MO

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.

Karen H Rice, MD
(314) 634-2620
1505 Southwest Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Health Center, Jefferson Cty, Mo; Capital Reg Med Ctr, Jefferson Cty, Mo
Group Practice: Capital City Medical Assoc

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Stanley Paul Hayes, MD
(417) 883-7422
5147 S Castlewood Dr
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1975

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Faye C Cohen
(314) 205-6444
226 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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James Carl Speiser, MD
(314) 849-6000
12639 Old Tesson Rd Ste 100
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sanjay Ghosh, MD
(636) 390-2288
1080 Caroline Dr Ste 200
Washington, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Missouri Baptist Hospital -Su, Sullivan, Mo; St Johns Mercy Med Ctr, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Arthritis-Internal Med & Pain

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Imelda V P Cabalar, MD
(212) 523-5678
100 Medical Dr
Hannibal, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Arden Hill Hosp, Goshen, Ny

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Micki Klearman, MD
(314) 367-9595
1 Barnes Plaza South
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1981

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Wayne M Yokoyama
(314) 286-2635
660 S Euclid Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ann E Winkler, MD
(417) 888-5664
Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Bldg 3231 S National
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mary Beth Pereira, MD
(314) 367-9595
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plz
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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