Howard Luks MD — Orthopedist Navigating the Intersection of Social Media and Healthcare
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 29th, 2015|
You have fallen, you can not move your arm, and you have been told that you have a rotator cuff tear. Do you need to consider surgery to repair your rotator cuff?
Types of Rotator Cuff Tears
In our first Expert Series post we explored the cause of rotator cuff tears. What explained that the majority […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 28th, 2015|
You slipped on ice, fell downstairs or you simply felt your knee give out. Now you can not extend or straighten your knee.
You may have torn your patella tendon.
Patella Tendon Tears
What is the patella tendon?
Why did the tendon tear?
Why is surgery needed for patella tendon tears?
The patella tendon is an extremely strong tendon (actually […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 27th, 2015|
You have been told you need rotator cuff surgery. Do you?
Degenerative rotator cuff tears are very common. Many small degenerative rotator cuff tears will not require surgery. After 40, many people will have a rotator cuff tear and not even know it. You may wish to review our first Expert Series post where we covered […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 26th, 2015|
Congratulations … you survived residency. Now what?
Thousands of residents from all over the country are actively considering their employment options. They are interviewing for positions at institutions, large multi-specialty groups or smaller groups across the country. It has never been more important for a resident to be well versed in the multitude of changes […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 20th, 2015|
A dignified man, mentally sharp and with clear blue eyes that can penetrate your soul sat before me. Next to him his wife of 51 years, and standing next to her their 3 children. His voice surprisingly soft, and muted — offered the probability that he was nervous. His attention unwavering. He appeared […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|January 17th, 2015|
Shoulder pain is very common. Should we obtain an MRI on everyone with shoulder pain?
The quick and obvious answer is no … but let’s explore why.
The rotator cuff is the most common source of pain in patients over the age of 30.
Rotator cuff tears are very common in people over 40.
The majority of rotator […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|December 29th, 2014|
When should we worry and what should we do?
As a pediatrician, I have heard parents attribute dozens of different issues to growing pains. Pediatricians just shake their heads.
I have also heard of pediatricians writing off child’s aches and pains as growing pains when there was something more significant going on.
Are located in […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|December 21st, 2014|
Rotator cuff tears are very common. The older you are, the more common they are. Why is that? What is the cause of rotator cuff tears?
More than 40% of patients over 60 will have a rotator cuff tear and not even know it
Most people with shoulder pain who are found to have a rotator […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|December 19th, 2014|
“You must have surgery … ”
20 something years ago I was faced with a very important decision. What specialty would I choose to pursue as a physician? There were many specialties that attracted me … but in the end, I chose Orthopedic Surgery. And why not? As a child I knew my Orthopedist […]
By Howard J. Luks, MD|December 17th, 2014|
Mary is in excruciating pain. Waking up and stepping out of bed has become a dreaded activity. She remembers the days she would bolt out of bed and head out for a quick run before getting her children on the bus and herself off to work.
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people. Osteoarthritis produces more disabled […]