Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Warrensburg MO

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.

Dr.Paul Katzenstein
(816) 220-9001
506 Northwest Murray Road
Lees Summit, MO
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Steven Abba Lauter, MD
(314) 567-4541
3023 N Ballas Rd Ste 500D
Saint Louis, MO
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
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Linda Marie Klutho, MD
(314) 878-6260
224 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 500S
Chesterfield, MO
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
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Anne Herron, MD
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Chesterfield, MO
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Hannibal, MO
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Kansas City, MO
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Rheumatologist
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Perri Ann Ginder, MD
(816) 444-4664
6675 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
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Robert S Karsh
(314) 286-2635
4921 Parkview Pl
Saint Louis, MO
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(417) 881-1100
2260 S Edgewater Dr
Springfield, MO
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1976

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Dr.Mary Kiehl
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1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza #7704
Saint Louis, MO
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med
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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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