Howard Luks MD — Orthopedist Navigating the Intersection of Social Media and Healthcare
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 7th, 2014|
When surgeons publish their results they include statistics regarding how many patients did well, and how many didn’t. When the authors breakdown their failures, a major consideration is non-compliance.
That basically means that the surgeon is blaming you for not following his/her instructions.
Many surgical failures are attributed to non compliance. It’s very easy (and safe) […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 6th, 2014|
For years, athletes and weekend warriors alike have been following the “RICE” protocol as recommended initially by Dr G. Mirkin back in the 1970s. RICE stands for Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation.
Is this still valid?
Should we still be icing injuries?
Ice works by decreasing the blood flow to an area, thus temporarily diminishing the swelling […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|August 29th, 2014|
POP! You heard a horrible sound coming from your elbow and you’re afraid that you just suffered a biceps tendon tear. The biceps tendon is the most commonly torn tendon around your elbow.
The biceps not only assists you in bending your elbow, it helps you turn your forearm so you can turn […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|July 14th, 2014|
The hashtag has evolved enormously over the last few years. Back in the dark ages of Twitter’s go-live, only the most savvy of Twitter’s users recognized the importance and opportunities the hashtag posed.
Last night while eating I was asked by my youngest for a glass of “hashtag” milk – “hashtag” please :-).
The hashtag has […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 19th, 2014|
Many of you are searching for knee replacement alternatives. Your knee pain from arthritis is starting to interfere with your quality of life. You have searched Google, you have spoken to friends. You have heard about gel injections, stem cells, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections as well as various supplements which promise you a […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 16th, 2014|
Experiencing the ride of an electric vehicle should be a relatively silent one.
It wasn’t on this particular day. A bizarre, and annoying hum came from the rear of the car.
Within a second the senior technician now riding shotgun made the diagnosis — a remedy was suggested, then executed, and I was on my way.
Something seems […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 14th, 2014|
It was a brutally humid day … it was not the best day for our AC to kick off.
Opinion 1. “I should be able to get a new unit up and running for you in a day… for about $2400″
Opinion 2. “Not sure what’s wrong .. but the unit is 8 years old so […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 4th, 2014|
Did you know the majority of Orthopedic Surgeons perform only a handful of ACL reconstructions a year. Usually less than one per month. Does that matter? There are some surgeons who may perform 15-20 operations a day? Are they better?
ACL tears are increasing at an alarming rate. Most children require an ACL reconstruction to […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|May 29th, 2014|
Surgery. It’s a scary word. Especially if it is preceded by the words “you need”. No matter what type of surgery you may be considering, many concerns will arise, and you will likely fear the worst. Many of the logical issues you are concerned about include:
Is my surgeon competent?
Is the hospital competent?
What if I […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|May 28th, 2014|
Face it… getting us to change our unhealthy habits and behavior is NOT easy.
Your phone can deliver a wealth of information at the click of a button. Content, reminders, and how-to’s are all right there at your fingertips. For the uninspired, that small task of querying your phone may be considered “work”, as […]