Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Storrs Mansfield CT

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.

Yasmin Badrudin Kassam, MD
(860) 645-7707
57 Hartford Tpke
Vernon Rockville, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Glasgow, Fac Of Med, Glasgow, Scotland (803-05 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1975

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Barbara Kage
(860) 646-9929
361 Main St
Manchester, CT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Elise Marie Carlson, MD
60 Temple St
New Haven, CT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1997

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Richard Roseff, MD
(203) 743-9596
67 Sand Pit Rd Ste 200
Danbury, CT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1980

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Mirela DuMitrescu
(203) 371-6969
3180 Main St
Bridgeport, CT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Barbara Kaminska Kage, MD
(860) 646-9929
153 S Main St
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Lublin, Poland
Graduation Year: 1987

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Barbara Anne Roach
(203) 785-0885
136 Sherman Ave
New Haven, CT
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Rheumatology

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Michael Spiegel
(203) 797-1500
226 White St
Danbury, CT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Nicholas Bruce J Formica, MD
(860) 223-5155
240 East St
Plainville, CT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Del Noreste, Esc De Med, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1982

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Daniel Cary Belin, MD
(203) 346-3600
36 McGrath Dr
Middletown, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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