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Dr. Matthew DiPaola, Buffalo NY Shoulder And Elbow Doctor


Four Types of Patients

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One of the most interesting parts of my job is that I get to interact with so many different types of people on a regular basis. Their different personality types color many of the decisions we make in the office more than most people realize.

When you are studying to be a doctor, much of the initial schooling focuses on the hard sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry. But once you get through that and are a practicing professional, you find that the emphasis shifts significantly.

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Don’t Let Your Bones Go Up In Smoke

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Most people know that smoking is bad for your heart and lungs. Few people know that it’s bad for your bones and joints.

There’s a host of reasons why smoking leads to poor bone health. And I’m not sure how interested you are in the nitty gritty bichemical details of why this is. So I will cut to the chase and highlight two specific scenarios in which smoking can be bad for your bones. Continue reading

Physical Activity

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Research has shown that the ability to walk unassisted is likely the single most important factor in maintaining your independence as you age. Targeting this simple metric may offer the secret to staying independent and new research supports this conclusion.

A recent study of over 1600 men and women in their 70’s and 80’s with mostly sedentary lifestyles aimed to examine whether a basic exercise program focused on lower body strength could help to maintain independent walking status in older adults. Continue reading

You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

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I take call about 5-6 days per month which means that I take care of patients that come into the hospital with fractures. A few weeks ago I treated a woman who had a hip fracture (I treat a lot of hip, ankle and wrist fractures when on call).

The ER staff who gave me her initial story told me that they thought she was a bit incoherent when she came to the hospital. Continue reading


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Thanks for visiting my blog. It is focused on issues pertaining to shoulder and elbow conditions and shoulder and elbow surgery. I will share my personal insights with you as a practicing shoulder and elbow surgeon.