Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Ridgeland MS

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.

Lisa Ann Vernino, MD
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1985

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Vikas Majithia
(601) 984-5540
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Kenneth J Hardy
(601) 984-5540
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
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Rheumatology

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Linda Ilene Ray
(601) 984-2944
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
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Rheumatology

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Linda Ilene Ray, MD
(601) 984-2944
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Pediatrics, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates; University Pediatrics Associates

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Clara Ann Myers
(601) 362-6900
971 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS
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Rheumatology

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David Edmund Phillips, MD
(601) 981-1550
764 Lakeland Dr Ste 400
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Radiology, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Bay Med Ctr -West Campus, Bay City, Mi
Group Practice: Bay Radiological Consultants

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Linda Rockhold, MD
(601) 371-0123
971 Lakeland Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Central Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms

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Robert Wilson Mc Murray, MD
(601) 984-6440
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1984

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Richard Denson De Shazo, MD
(601) 984-5600
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates

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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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