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.

Stephen Dale Armstrong, MD
(417) 881-1100
2260 S Edgewater Dr
Springfield, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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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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Anthony Raymond French, MD
1 Childrens Pl
Saint Louis, MO
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
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Ami Narendra Mody, MD
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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

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Thomas E Scott
(816) 531-0930
4330 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Richard M Divalerio
(314) 432-1111
3009 N Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Rheumatology

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Mark Jeffrey Jarek, MD
(417) 875-3130
3733 S Moonlit Ln
Republic, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1989

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Linda M Hunt
(314) 878-6260
224 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
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Archibald Mark C Ahern, MD
(314) 752-7100
7345 Watson Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1947

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(314) 205-0300
612 Glenview Pl
Joplin, MO
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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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