Howard Luks MD — Orthopedist Navigating the Intersection of Social Media and Healthcare
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 16th, 2016|
ACL injuries are occurring at an alarming rate. Single sport specialization, lack of proper training and many other factors all contribute to the risk of developing an ACL tear.
More than 100,000 athletes will undergo an ACL reconstruction each year in the US. That number should be alarming considering the lifelong implications it carries. Athletes
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 15th, 2016|
Athletes with an ACL deficient knee often complain of instability and giving way. In order to enable an athlete to return to their chosen sports many choose to proceed with ACL surgery.
Recent advances in ACL surgery have started to focus on ACL repair techniques versus the more traditional ACL reconstructive techniques. At this time,
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 13th, 2016|
Patellofemoral pain, or Anterior Knee Pain in adolescents is a problem we as Sport Medicine professionals see quite often. When we were being trained we were taught that this was usually a self limiting process associated with the growth process and that those symptoms would subside or go away on their own.
It turns out
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 12th, 2016|
Running continues to experience an increase in overall popularity. Most runners prefer to run outside. A few prefer to run inside. Is treadmill running or outdoor running better for you and your training?
Clearly outdoor running is preferred over a treadmill. This is true for training purposes, mindfulness, and conditioning. There are many differences you
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 11th, 2016|
Hamstring injury is common in sports requiring periods of rapid acceleration. Soccer, rugby and football players are particularly at risk for hamstring injuries, but any athlete can be affected. Recent studies show that there is a high risk of re-injury to the hamstring with an early return to sports.
The hamstrings are a large
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 5th, 2016|
Blood clots in the leg (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) can form spontaneously, following trauma, long flights, or after surgery. If treated promptly most blood clots will resolve. In certain individuals the clot can move through the veins, into the heart and then the lungs where they cause a pulmonary embolus. Because of this
By Howard J. Luks, MD|June 1st, 2016|
An increasing number of people are buying wearables, e.g., fitness trackers and smartwatches, to keep tabs on their health – in fact, manufacturers shipped more than 78 million units in 2015, up 171.6 percent from 2014. Fitbit sales increased 50 percent last quarter alone. While market forecasts are generally rosy, sentiments on their healthcare
By Howard J. Luks, MD|May 27th, 2016|
Knee pain is very common. Knee compression sleeves have been proven in many studies to be effective in managing knee pain from osteoarthritis. Whether you have knee pain due to arthritis, exercise, running or a degenerative meniscus tear, there is evidence to support the fact that you should consider a knee compression sleeve as a
By Howard J. Luks, MD|May 25th, 2016|
Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL have become commonplace on the ball fields across the world. ACL injuries are usually treated with a reconstruction or a replacement of the torn tendon. Should we be repairing your ACL tear instead of replacing it with a graft?
Whether it is due to poor training, poor
By Howard J. Luks, MD|May 25th, 2016|
Are we letting our athletes return to sports too soon after a serious hamstring injury?
Hamstring injuries are quite common in sports involving sprinting and jumping. A major problem associated with hamstring injury is the risk of reinjury. The precise time to return an athlete to sports after a posterior chain injury is unknown. Hamstring