Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Westerly RI

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.

Wendy Silversmith
(401) 348-2180
45 Wells St
Westerly, RI
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Rheumatology

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Christopher Darcy
(401) 348-2180
45 Wells Street
Westerly, RI
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Rheumatology

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Rekha Agrawal, MD
(860) 825-9125
600 Meridian Street Ext Apt 105
Groton, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Rnt Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Peter B Himmel, MD
(401) 783-6777
321 Main St
Wakefield, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1972

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Michael Lee Gross, MD
(860) 442-8817
53C Granite St
New London, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Tel Aviv Univ, Sackler Fac Of Med, Tel Aviv, Israel
Graduation Year: 1995

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Christopher A D'Arcy, MD
45 Wells St
Westerly, RI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr.Wendy Silversmith
(401) 348-2180
45 Wells St # 203B
Westerly, RI
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Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John Roger Hollister, MD
(860) 446-0540
76 Starr Hill Rd
Groton, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1966

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Dr.Christopher DArcy
(401) 348-2180
70 Kenyon Ave # 326
Wakefield, RI
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M
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Westerly And South County
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Harjinder S Chowdhary
(860) 889-8331
111 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT
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Rheumatology

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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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