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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Gary Leslie Craig, MD
(509) 838-2531
105 W 8th Ave Ste 6080
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Master Univ, Sch Of Med, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1976

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Nancy S Karr
(253) 446-0311
102 23rd Ave Se
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ashul Pandhi
(253) 596-3300
209 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Robert Emil Ettlinger, MD
(253) 272-2261
1901 S Cedar St Ste 204
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1972

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John Edward Z Caner, MD
(206) 325-6023
520 36th Ave E
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1956

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

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Helen Margaret Emery, MD
(415) 476-1736
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Adelaide, Fac Of Med, Adelaide, So Australia, Australia
Graduation Year: 1972

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John Louis Baldwin
(425) 453-0766
1310 116th Ave Ne
Bellevue, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Catherine Andrea Lee, MD
(509) 838-2531
400 E 5th Ave
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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