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 W Jackson, DO
(660) 627-5175
1108 E Patterson St
Kirksville, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1981

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Robert Jay Schneider, MD
(314) 569-4541
3023 N Ballas Rd Ste 500D
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Barnes Jewish Hosp, Saint Louis, Mo; Missouri Baptist Med Ctr, Saint Louis, Mo; Barnes-Jewish Hosp -North Cam, Saint Louis, Mo; St Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, Mo; Barnes West County Hosp, Saint Louis, Mo

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Anne Herron, MD
(314) 275-8600
222 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 750N
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Dublin, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Dublin
Graduation Year: 1965

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Faye Cheryl Cohen, MD
222 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1989

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Stanley Paul Hayes, MD
(417) 883-7422
5147 S Castlewood Dr
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1975

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Ronald Kermit Wepprich, MD
(636) 561-8100
200 Medical Plz
Lake Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1981

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Francisco Javier Garriga, MD
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Depaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo; Christian Hosp Northeast, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: North County Medicine

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Benjamin D Schwartz
(314) 286-2635
4921 Parkview Pl
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Mary Kiehl
(314) 367-9595
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plz
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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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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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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