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Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Cristina Brunet's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunet include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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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)

Dr. Terry F Reardon, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5 Pequot Park Road
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. Terry Reardon is a hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Reardon is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Reardon is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. His professional affiliations include Middlesex Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Jeremy Hergan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
4 Grove Beach Road North; Building 2, Suite E and F
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. David Hergan is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Middletown, CT and Westbrook, CT. Clinical interests for Dr. Hergan include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. Dr. Hergan studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for his residency. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Paul McCarthy works as a pediatric rheumatologist. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy trained at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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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.