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Rochester Shoulder Surgeon Blends Innovative Techniques with Personalized Patient Care
Date:12/15/2008

Regional Shoulder Patients Benefit from Surgeon's Commitment to Active Listening

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Tomaino specializes in cutting-edge shoulder procedures including everything from a 45-minute technique called shoulder resurfacing to a reversed shoulder replacement that relieves pain, restores shoulder function and improves range of motion. He is also adept at the practice of active listening and dedicated to building the doctor-patient relationship.

"Taking the time to listen, to truly listen to each patient may seem trivial but it's actually one of the most important aspects of my practice," said Dr. Tomaino. "Today, the average physician spends seven minutes with a patient. That is simply not enough time to ask the right questions, understand the day-to-day issues and truly counsel a patient about their options."

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are now a range of non-surgical and surgical options to address various chronic shoulder problems and stages of pain. Patients initially opt for a first-line treatment that includes pain medication and/or physical therapy - depending on the level of pain and the severity of injury. Then, if initial non-surgical options are ineffective for chronic shoulder pain, there are surgical options to consider.

"I'm committed to building a trusting relationship with my patients and explaining the spectrum of shoulder options. Whether counseling patients on a host of non-surgical options, performing a shoulder resurfacing, total shoulder arthroplasty, or a more complex reversed procedure, the goal is to give patients the best option so they can return to pain-free daily living," added Tomaino. "In many cases, arthritis may not be the primary cause of shoulder pain; rather, the rotator cuff needs to be addressed."

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SOURCE Tomaino Orthopaedic Care for Shoulder, Hand and Elbow LLC.
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