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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
420 East Main Street; Suite 13
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Desir attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Desir's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
420 East Main Street; Suite 13
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Sonia Gordon-Dole practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) in Hamden, CT, Branford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Patients gave Dr. Gordon-Dole an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Gordon-Dole attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon-Dole (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chinese and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gordon-Dole's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Dr. David Brandon Cohen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. David Cohen is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Orange, CT. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Cohen's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School and performed his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Tendonitis, Elbow Problems, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph C Wu, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1224 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Wu practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Wu's clinical interests encompass arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending State University of New York (SUNY) for medical school, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Wu speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Foot Surgery, Elbow Problems, Closed Reduction, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Phillips Altman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1224 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Mark Altman's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Altman is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. His professional affiliations include Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Altman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Metabolic Bone Disease, Sports Health, Tumor, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Rowland Brook Mayor, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1224 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Rowland Mayor's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mayor takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Mayor welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Elbow Problems, Closed Reduction, Fractures, Knee Problems, Ankle ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1224 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Jeffrey Sumner is an orthopedic surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sumner studied medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Sumner completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Hip Fracture, Scoliosis, Closed Reduction, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Philip Minotti specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Minotti's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Minotti attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Closed Reduction, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Total Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Paul Daigneault, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1224 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. John Daigneault is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Daigneault include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and rotator cuff surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Daigneault average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Daigneault accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Tendonitis, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
469 W Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Lynch is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He works in Hamden, CT, Branford, CT, and Milford, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lynch include hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and knee replacement. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lynch graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lynch takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lynch's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Reconstructive Surgery, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
84 North Main Street; Building #2
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Patrick Ruwe is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Ruwe's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruwe is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Knee Problems, Knee Arthroscopy, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Arthritis, Sports Injuries, Rotator Cuff ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. John McCallum's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. McCallum is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McCallum's areas of expertise include knee problems, shoulder surgery, and minimally invasive knee surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. McCallum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. McCallum trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Knee Problems, Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
84 North Main Street; Building #2
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Enzo Sella works as an orthopedic surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Sella include foot problems and ankle problems. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Sella is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sella trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sella takes. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Tumor, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12 Village Street; Suite 8
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Michael Connair specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Connair is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis. He takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Connair attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints. There are many different kinds of arthritis with various causes, but they all lead to pain and inflammation of joints such as the hip, knee, or wrist. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but it is more common in women and older people. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, and stiffness. They can occur in a single joint or throughout the body. It is common for symptoms to come and go, known as flares. In some kinds of arthritis, flares may be caused by specific triggers, such as exercise, stress, or an allergic reaction.

By far the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis happens when wear and tear on joints breaks down the cartilage between two moving bones. In a healthy person, cartilage cushions and lubricates the bones so they can glide over each other as they move. When the cartilage becomes thin or tears, the ends of bones rub and cause pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system becomes confused and attacks joint cartilage, weakening it and causing inflammation.

Treatment for arthritis depends on the specific type, but it may include:
  • Avoiding arthritis triggers
  • Hot or cold therapy, such as ice or hot packs
  • Oral or injected medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologics
  • Physical therapy and gentle exercises
  • Surgery to repair or replace damaged joints

In many types of arthritis, early treatment can prevent more serious damage to your joints, keeping your symptoms in check. Whatever stage you are in, help exists to let you stay active and manage pain. There are many options to get you moving again.
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