Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Wilsonville OR

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.

Ian Currie Mac Millan, MD
(503) 682-2101
Wilsonville, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1956
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Hospital: Kaiser Sunnyside Foundation Ho, Clackamas, Or

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Elizabeth Ann Tindall, MD
(503) 620-2117
6640 SW Redwood Ln Ste 301
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1977
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Hospital: Adventist Med Ctr -Portland, Portland, Or; Providence St Vincent Med Ctr, Portland, Or
Group Practice: Portland Medical Assoc

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Andre Barkhuizen, MD
(503) 494-8963
6640 SW Redwood Ln
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1984

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Mollie E Thompson
(503) 297-3384
9155 Sw Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Gary Lee Sultany, MD
(503) 297-5384
9155 SW Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1976

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James Kenneth Smith Jr, MD
(503) 239-7767
22851 Oregon City Loop
West Linn, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1985

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Andre Barkhuizen
(503) 675-3000
17050 Pilkington Rd
Lake Oswego, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Anita A Goel
(503) 297-3384
9155 Sw Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
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Rheumatology

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Gary L Sultany
(503) 297-3384
9155 Sw Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
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Rheumatology

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Ronald Charles Fraback, MD
(503) 297-3384
9155 SW Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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