Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Port Angeles WA

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.

David Alan Berkson, MD
(760) 945-4171
939 Caroline St
Port Angeles, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1958

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Dr.Julie Carkin
(206) 368-6123
Ste 250, 10330 Meridian Ave
Seattle, WA
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
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Rheumatologist
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Theresa Karplus
(360) 397-1500
700 Ne 87th Ave
Vancouver, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kristen Nicole Hayward
(206) 543-0065
1959 Ne Pacific St
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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Nancy Margaret Shasteen, MD
(206) 329-1760
1145 Broadway Ste 22476
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1989

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Daniel Jonathan Burge, MD
Sammamish, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1986

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Mark Walter Layton, MD
(360) 754-6700
1212 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: St Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wa
Group Practice: South Puget Sound Clinical Ctr

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Katherine Newhall Perry
(509) 946-1654
875 Swift Blvd
Richland, WA
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Rheumatology

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Wendy R Eider
(509) 248-4066
3902 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
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Rheumatology

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Theresa Marie Karplus, MD
(360) 254-1240
700 NE 87th Ave
Vancouver, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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