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.

Elizabeth T Jernberg, MD
(206) 525-2200
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1987

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

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Elizabeth Jernberg
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Philip J Mease
(206) 386-2001
1101 Madison St Ste 1000
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Kenneth Ray Wilske, MD
(206) 223-6824
1118 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
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Other
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1959
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Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Medical Ctr

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

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Jerry A Molitor
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Natalia R Tishkevich
(206) 386-9500
515 Minor Ave #300
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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

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Julie Lyn Carkin, MD
(206) 386-9500
515 Minor Ave Ste 300
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
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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