Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Springfield VA

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.

Leslie Martin Brandwin, MD
(703) 923-4606
7440 Spring Village Dr
Springfield, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1971

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Margaret E Fisher, MD
(703) 922-1000
6501 Loisdale Ct
Springfield, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1983
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Hospital: Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va
Group Practice: Kaiser Permanente Health Care

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Neil I Stahl
(703) 425-4435
6035 Burke Centre Parkway
Burke, VA
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Rheumatology

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Phong Quang Nguyen, MD
(703) 709-9174
8316 Arlington Blvd Ste 222
Fairfax, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1983

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Harvey Albert Schwartz, MD
(703) 751-8804
101 S Whiting St
Alexandria, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1967

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Margaret E Fisher
(703) 922-1407
6501 Loisdale Court
Springfield, VA
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Neil Ira Stahl, MD
(703) 425-4435
6035 Burke Centre Pkwy Ste 280
Burke, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1973

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Bita Arabshahi
(703) 970-2600
8505 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
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Rheumatology

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Ellen M Jenkins
(703) 573-9800
3022 Williams Drive
Fairfax, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.Phong Nguyen
(703) 383-5411
8316 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA
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Rheumatologist
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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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