Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Seattle 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.

Preston S Pollock
(206) 386-9500
515 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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Andrew S Sohn, MD
(206) 254-5480
1191 2nd Ave Ste 1200
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Seoul Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Chongno-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1992

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Jan Leslie Hillson, MD
(206) 223-6824
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Medical Ctr

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Christi M Kenyon
(206) 386-9500
515 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA
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Rheumatology

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Wayne Hiroharu Tsuji, MD
(206) 386-2600
1101 Madison St Ste 400
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jerry Allen Molitor, MD
(206) 223-6836
PO Box 900
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1993
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Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Arthritis Clinical Research

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Jeffrey S Carlin
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Robert Michael Kelleher, MD
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: St Peters Hospital, Albany, Ny

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

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(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA
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M
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Wa
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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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