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.

Varsha Noshir Contractor, MD
(314) 362-8617
Chesterfield, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Kilpauk Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.HAMID BASHIR
(636) 933-2900
1500 Calvary Church Road
Festus, MO
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Mark S Box
(816) 943-0706
1010 Carondelet Dr
Kansas City, MO
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Rheumatology

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Terry L Moore
(314) 977-6195
3660 Vista Ave.
St. Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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Peri H Pepmueller
(314) 977-6195
3660 Vista Ave
St. Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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

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Barbara Caciolo
(314) 644-4411
3185 Hampton Ave
St Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Joseph Leonard Mayus, MD
(417) 875-3120
4856 S Warwick Ave
Springfield, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1979

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Richard M Divalerio
(314) 432-1111
3009 N Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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Faye Cheryl Cohen, MD
222 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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