General Orthopedics

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

A Patient’s Guide to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus (also called SLE, or lupus) is an autoimmune disease of the body’s connective tissues. Autoimmune means that the immune system attacks the tissues of the body. In SLE, the immune system primarily attacks parts of the cell nucleus. SLE […]

Lyme Disease

A Patient’s Guide to Lyme Disease Introduction Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease caused by tick bites. It is the most common tick-borne disease in North America, Europe, and Asia. Connecticut has the highest annual rate of new cases of Lyme disease each year. The name Lyme disease was used […]


A Patient’s Guide to Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. In fact, more than 75 percent of people older than fifty-five show the joint deformations of OA on X-rays. But most of these people have no symptoms. For people who do have the joint pain and […]

Psoriatic Arthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Psoriatic Arthritis Introduction Psoriasis is a disease that most people think of as primarily a skin disease because the condition causes a persistent rash in various areas of the body. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of joint disease that occurs in roughly seven percent of people […]