Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Rutland VT

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.

Douglas Lee Dier, MD
(802) 775-3374
98 Allen St
Rutland, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dean Hugh Stephens
(802) 847-1000
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Ralph C Budd
(802) 847-4574
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Thomas W Martenis, MD
(802) 658-9255
7 Chelmsford Grn
South Burlington, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 1
Graduation Year: 1960

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David Jackson Patek
(802) 257-8363
21 Belmont Ave
Brattleboro, VT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Douglas Dier
(802) 775-3374
98 Allen St
Rutland, VT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Douglas Dier
(802) 775-3374
98 Allen St
Rutland, VT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kevin D Kerin
(802) 295-9363
215 N Main St
White River Junction, VT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Edward Saml Leib, MD
(802) 656-4574
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt; Central Vermont Med Ctr, Barre, Vt
Group Practice: Osteoporosis Center

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Martha Agnes Davitt, MD
(802) 658-4714
61 Fire Pond Rd
Charlotte, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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