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.

William E Davis
(504) 842-4000
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
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Rheumatology

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Evangeline G Scopelitis
(504) 842-4000
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA
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Rheumatology

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James Philip Marra, MD
(504) 391-7580
120 Meadowcrest St Ste 380
Gretna, 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: 1964

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Nirupa Jash Patel
(504) 896-1440
2820 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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John Francis Nitsche, MD
(504) 456-5130
4224 Houma Blvd Ste 610
Metairie, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1977

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Mohammad Shbeeb
(318) 767-8393
3349 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Walter H Eversmeyer, MD
(504) 889-5242
4315 Houma Blvd Ste 201
Metairie, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1970

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Julio R Bravo, MD
(504) 779-5678
3939 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1989

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Hector Mena, MD
(225) 246-9301
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ De Costa Rica, Fac De Med, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1966

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Jed Lane Morris
(225) 387-0851
4045 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
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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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