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

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Cathy Hollis Fritchen, MD
(425) 259-0966
3901 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1976

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Jane Hoyt Buckner, MD
(206) 543-3414
3324 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1987

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Yun-Sun Choe, MD
(701) 857-5666
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chonnam Univ Med Sch, Kwangju, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1991

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Benjamin Liping Hsu, MD
105 W 8th Ave
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1995

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Meredith Ann Heick, MD
(509) 747-1144
820 S McClellan St Ste 200
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1976

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Carl James Brodie
(425) 378-0110
14100 Se 36th St
Bellevue, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Frank Joseph Di Traglia, MD
(440) 867-2185
14701 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1981

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Giancarlo Clyde Stone, MD
(206) 522-7838
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Padova, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Padova, Italy
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sophia S Chang
(509) 547-6086
516 W Margaret St
Pasco, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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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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