Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Providence RI

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.

William Trafford Mason, MD
(401) 335-1234
1 Hoppin St
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1974

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William T Mason
(401) 793-8400
1 Hoppin St
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Marven Leftick, MD
(401) 351-2280
49 Seekonk St
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Paul Hector Martin, MD
(401) 743-8574
262 Cypress St
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Laval, Fac De Med, Sainte-Foy, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1956

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David Kadmon, MD
(401) 456-2069
341 Cole Ave
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ,
Graduation Year: 1992

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Bradley J Bloom
(401) 793-8560
1 Hoppin St
Providence, RI
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Rheumatology

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Harold Milton Horwitz, MD
(401) 351-2280
57 Hazard Ave
Providence, RI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hospital Of R I, Pawtucket, Ri; Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Ri; Miriam Hospital, Providence, Ri
Group Practice: Rheumatology Associates

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Yousaf Ali, MD
(401) 351-2280
49 Seekonk St
Providence, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, Royal Free Hosp Sch Med (See 917-34)
Graduation Year: 1992

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John Michael Conte, MD
(401) 351-2280
49 Seekonk St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1978

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Bernard Zimmermann
(401) 456-2595
50 Maude St
Providence, RI
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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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