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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. 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)

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 physician who specializes in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Reardon include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Reardon is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Reardon graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial 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 a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Hergan's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He accepts Medicare insurance. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Paul McCarthy sees patients in New Haven, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. His medical specialty is pediatric rheumatology. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy completed his residency training at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally 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.