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

Dr. Cristina Brunet, who practices in Madison, CT, Old Saybrook, CT, and North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunet include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brunet honors. Dr. Brunet is 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)

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's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Hergan has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Hergan completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (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 specialist in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Marlborough, CT. Dr. Reardon's education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Reardon's 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Paul McCarthy specializes in pediatric rheumatology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Dr. McCarthy attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes 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.