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We found 24 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Hamden, CT.

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir is a rheumatologist in Hamden, CT, Branford, CT, and New Haven, CT. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Desir is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout

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

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Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Cristina Brunet, who practices in Madison, CT, Old Saybrook, CT, and North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Brunet average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brunet's areas of expertise include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Brunet trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, gout

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Sonia Gordon-Dole's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Gordon-Dole (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chinese and Italian. Dr. Gordon-Dole is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Gordon-Dole is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; North Haven Medical Center Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Janine Evans' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. Dr. Evans is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Evans's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
264 Amity Road; Suite 101
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. M. Marer is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Marer (or staff) speaks Hungarian and French. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Marer obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Patients gave Dr. Marer an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marer accepts. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Hepatitis, Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bucala is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Bucala attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Bucala focuses on rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Bucala is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Joint Problems

Dr. David Brandon Cohen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2408 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. David Cohen's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Orange, CT. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Cohen is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Cohen's medical residency was performed at Hospital for Special Surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen honors. Dr. Cohen is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. David Hudson Gibson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 140
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. David Gibson practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Gibson studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Gibson is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gibson welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Closed Reduction, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Total ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph C Wu, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 140
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Wu is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Wu include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wu is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wu is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of State University of New York (SUNY) and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese.

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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
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 140
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Mark Altman's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Hamden, CT, Norwalk, CT, and New Haven, CT. Patient reviews placed Dr. Altman at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Dr. Altman is professionally affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network and 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: 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
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 140
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Rowland Mayor's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Mayor's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Mayor is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 170
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Jeffrey Sumner is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sumner is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Albany Medical Center. He is 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: Kyphoplasty, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Hip Fracture, Scoliosis, Closed Reduction, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9 Washington Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bernstein's medical specialty is hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bernstein is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernstein has an open panel. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Tendonitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Congenital Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Aversa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2408 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. John Aversa, who practices in Hamden, CT, Wallingford, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and knee replacement. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Aversa attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Aversa at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9 Washington Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wijesekera completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wijesekera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. James Kevin Lynch, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 140
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. J. Lynch is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Lynch's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, disabilities, and arthritis. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Fractures, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Disabilities, Arthritis, Sports ... (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.