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When it comes to Physical Therapy, make sure the Right hand knows what the Left hand is doing

March 14th, 2009
After Shoulder, Hand and Elbow Surgery, physical therapy is usually a critcal ingredient to one's functional recovery, and yet their are certainly situations when it can be avoided---by instructing you to do home exercises in order to obviate unnecessary trips and copays.

Because I am an Independent Specialist with out an obligation to send my patients to a specific therapist, or to drive therapy utilization at either an Institution's Therapy Center or my own, I am better able to hone in on when therapy truly adds value in terms of recovery, and more able to choose a Therapy Center that has both the expertise and the responsiveness to my patients to be part of our preferred Therapy "supply chain".

What do I mean? Well, I have developed professional working relationships with the best Shoulder, Hand and Elbow Therapists all around Rochester and the Upstate region, and this means that I communicate regularly with them about your progress--seamlessley--so that once you leave my office, you are still being thoughtfully assessed!

Further, I can usually recommend a therapist close to either home or work, to minimize inconvenience and to maximize compliance. So don't be blindly sent to "therapy"---make sure that your time and dollar are well spent, and be certain that the Right hand (your doctor) and the Left hand (your therapist) effectively communicate with eachother, on your behalf.


Maryann Mazzaferro

A very good point Dr. Tomaino- i agree that many times the therapy can be done right at home, and you are very sensitive and caring not to send your patients to therapy centers unless it really is deemed necessary. How easy it is to rig up those pulleys right at home!! it's dedication to the cause, and willingness to work at it no matter where you are!! i agree with your philosophy -it works- Maryann Mazzaferro

March 17th, 2009 @ 9:44 am

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