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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Shaila Gala
(425) 339-5445
3901 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Christi Kenyon
(206) 386-9500
515 Minor Ave # 300
Seattle, WA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Minor & James Medical
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Jeffrey Carlin
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.1, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Raquel Victoria Hicks, MD
601 W Mercer Pl Apt 104
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1967

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David Elliott Stage, MD
(206) 223-6824
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Medical Ctr

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

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Carolyn Riester O'Connor, MD
(856) 342-2441
711 E Collins Dr
Goldendale, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1978

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Robert M Kowalewski
(425) 883-5020
2701 156th Ave Ne
Redmond, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Gordon Alan Starkebaum, MD
(206) 764-2260
S-11-Cos 1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1970

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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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