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
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1958

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Wendy Roberta Eider, MD
3902 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1976

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Shawn Lee Slack, MD
(425) 339-5445
5132 27th Ave W
Everett, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1992

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Andrew Keith Solomon, MD
(425) 774-2632
2151 7th Ave W
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tel Aviv Univ, Sackler Fac Of Med, Tel Aviv, Israel
Graduation Year: 1985

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Kirkwood Alexander Johnston
(206) 543-0065
1959 Ne Pacific St
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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

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Dr.John L. Baldwin
(425) 453-0766
1310 116th Ave NE # C
Bellevue, WA
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Overlake Hosp Med Ctr, Bellevue, Wa
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Mark H Wener, MD
(206) 598-6152
PO Box 357110
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo
Graduation Year: 1974

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Sherry M Wu
(509) 838-2531
400 E 5th Ave
Spokane, WA
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Rheumatology

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Verlene Joyce Gauthier, MD
(253) 395-1971
16850 SE 272nd St
Kent, 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: 1984

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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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