Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Ville Platte LA

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.

Kismet Renee Collins, MD
(504) 488-1911
3535 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982

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Leonard Henry Serebro, MD
(504) 842-4920
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1973

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Ranju Singh, MD
(732) 775-5500
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Med Coll, Guru Nanak Dev Univ, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Agnes A Solon
(318) 442-4200
201 4th St
Alexandria, LA
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Rheumatology

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Herbert R Dyer, MD
(225) 766-2098
5945 Forsythia Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 7
Graduation Year: 1955

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Madelaine Feldman
(504) 899-1120
2633 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Rheumatology

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William Eugene Davis, MD
(504) 842-3920
Rheumatology CA-5 1514 Jefferson Hwy AT5
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jennifer Kent Malin, MD
401 Audubon Blvd # B
Lafayette, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1987

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(225) 769-4044
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
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(318) 237-7801
401 Audubon Blvd Ste 102B
Lafayette, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Our Lady Of Lourdes Reg Med Ct, Lafayette, La
Group Practice: Lafayette Arthritis & Indocrin

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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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