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.

Robert Calvin Uchiyama, MD
(314) 576-0933
226 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 58W
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Robert Schneider
(314) 567-4541
3023 N Ballas Rd # 500
Saint Louis, MO
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M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Missouri Baptist
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Stephen Craig Ross
(314) 567-5100
522 N New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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Steven Abba Lauter, MD
(314) 567-4541
3023 N Ballas Rd Ste 500D
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.HAMID BASHIR
(636) 933-2900
1500 Calvary Church Road
Festus, MO
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Paul Katzenstein
(816) 220-9001
506 Northwest Murray Road
Lees Summit, MO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.3, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Gideon Nesher, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Hebrew Univ, Hadassah Med Sch, Jerusalem, Israel
Graduation Year: 1980

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Wendell David Bronson, DO
(816) 390-8907
2605 Ashland Ave
Saint Joseph, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Cameron Comm Hosp, Cameron, Mo; Heartland Health System -West, Saint Joseph, Mo
Group Practice: Arthritis & Osteoporosis

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Varsha Noshir Contractor, MD
(314) 362-8617
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kilpauk Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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James Carl Speiser, MD
(314) 849-6000
12639 Old Tesson Rd Ste 100
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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