Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Pikeville KY

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.

Haider Abbas, MD
(336) 716-4202
701 College Hl
Williamson, WV
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Rawalpindi Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1992
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Hospital: Williamson Memorial Hospital, Williamson, Wv

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Katherine Kouglas Temprano
(859) 323-5981
740 S Limestone
Lexington, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kelly K Cole, MD
(859) 276-1440
333 Waller Ave
Lexington, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1987

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Saleem Sajid, MD
1120 Woodland Dr
Elizabethtown, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Robert W Lightfoot
(859) 323-5981
740 S Limestone
Lexington, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Arthur Michael Kunath, MD
(606) 331-3100
2616 Legends Way
Crestview Hills, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1976

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Gary Lee Crump, MD
(502) 893-3963
4001 Dutchmans Ln Ste 2B
Louisville, KY
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Carolyn Gleason
(502) 893-3963
3430 Newburg Rd # 250
Louisville, KY
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1986
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Rheumatologist
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Arthur M Kunath
(859) 331-3100
2616 Legends Way
Crestview Hills, KY
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Rheumatology

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(270) 688-1200
815 E Parrish Ave
Owensboro, KY
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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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