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Dr. Scott Allen Bissell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
31 Sycamore Street; Suite 202
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Scott Bissell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford, CT). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bissell takes several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Gerald John Becker II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
345 Western Boulevard
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Gerald Becker sees patients in Hartford, CT and Glastonbury, CT. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Becker's clinical interests: arthritis, spine problems, and trauma. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Becker accepts. Dr. Becker's education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford, CT). He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Complex Spine Surgery, Fractures, Lumbar Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Spine ... (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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