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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Paul Barton Brown
(206) 587-0963
1229 Madison St
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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Sophia Su-Fang Chang, MD
(509) 548-6086
2152 Anna Ave
Richland, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kaohsiung (Takau) Med Coll, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (385-01 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1983

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Steven Scott Overman
(206) 368-6177
10330 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Shawn L Slack
(425) 259-0966
3901 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Nancy Shasteen
(206) 329-1760
1145 Broadway
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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Stephen R Shaul
(509) 248-1232
1111 W Spruce
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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

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Dr.Robert E. Ettlinger
(253) 272-2261
1901 S Cedar St # 201
Tacoma, WA
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M
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Jonathan Witte
(425) 339-5445
3901 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA
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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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