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.

Kent A Huston
(816) 531-0930
4330 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Rheumatology

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Terry Drew Weiss, MD
(314) 567-5100
522 N New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1972

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Stanley P Hayes
(417) 888-5664
3231 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
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Rheumatology

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Cameron Bruce Jones, MD
(314) 434-3240
224 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
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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: 1976

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Stephen Craig Ross, MD
(314) 567-5100
522 N New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1977

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Carlo Paul Caciolo, MD
(314) 644-4411
3185 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Di Roma-La Sapienza, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Roma, Italy
Graduation Year: 1950

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Terry David Weiss
(314) 567-5100
522 N New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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Robert S Karsh, MD
(314) 427-2424
4921 Parkview Pl Ste 5C
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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French, Yiddish
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1952
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Hospital: Missouri Baptist Hospital -Su, Sullivan, Mo; Barnes Jewish Hosp, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Overland Medical Ctr

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Robert William Karr, MD
1 Childrens Pl Fl 1
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1975

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(417) 348-8254
1001 East Primrose Street
Springfield, MO
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Rheumatologist
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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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