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

Dr. Cristina Brunet's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Dr. Brunet is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Brunet's office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Brunet attended Yale School of Medicine.

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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's areas of specialization are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: 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 attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Reardon is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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 orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Middletown, CT and Westbrook, CT. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Hergan attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Hergan accepts Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Paul McCarthy is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. He works in New Haven, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. McCarthy is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

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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.
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