Howard Luks MD — Orthopedist Navigating the Intersection of Social Media and Healthcare
By Howard J. Luks, MD|October 7th, 2015|
Osteoarthritis is, by definition, a loss of cartilage. Our cartilage often wears thin over time, even without any specific injury to a joint. Osteoarthritis also causes significant inflammation. Managing the pain of osteoarthritis is all about managing the inflammation. Before jumping into injections or surgery, there are a number of non-invasive approaches you can
By Howard J. Luks, MD|October 6th, 2015|
AC Separations are a relatively common cause of shoulder pain and deformity. An AC Separation, also called a Shoulder Separation is a different injury then a Shoulder Dislocation.
What is the AC Joint?
The AC Joint is where your collar bone meets your scapula (or shoulder blade). The two bones are held together by many strong ligaments.
By Howard J. Luks, MD|October 4th, 2015|
Is running the happiness miracle?
It sure does come close to being the perfect outlet. It’s inexpensive, easy to find a place to do it, and running properly is fairly simple to learn.
The skeptics, the procrastinators, those who are “too busy” … you know who you are. You are the ones who need to keep
By Howard J. Luks, MD|October 3rd, 2015|
…technology has a role in evolution of our tattered and dysfunctional healthcare system. But not if it is at the expense of simply being a good doctor…
Robert was the picture of health. He had run 8 marathons and finished countless 5K and 10K races. Robert tracked everything. He tracked his sleep, food intake and
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 29th, 2015|
Lionel Messi recently injured his knee. Messi was found to have an MCL tear. What is the MCL and why will it take 8-10 weeks for him to return to playing soccer?
The MCL is one of the 4 major ligaments in the knee. Ligaments connect two bones to one another. The MCL or medial
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 17th, 2015|
If you were asked to describe an elderly person, what sort of words would you come up with? For many, the answer probably includes something along the lines of frail or weak. And it turns out there’s a reason for this: sarcopenia, or “age-related decrease in lean muscle mass” (Siparsky et al. 2014), is
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 15th, 2015|
Tennis elbow is a very common cause of elbow pain. It is a very silly name because most tennis players do not get tennis elbow, and most patients I see with tennis elbow do not play tennis!
The pain of tennis elbow is on the outer or lateral side of your elbow. The pain
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 8th, 2015|
Once again, thank you for suggesting topics of interest to you for our TT series.
Today’s post is about ITB friction syndrome. Or ITB Syndrome for short.
ITB syndrome is very common in runners. It occurs more often in runners who are poorly conditioned from a strength/core stability perspective.
What is the ITB?
The ITB is a long
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 6th, 2015|
The New York City Marathon is rapidly approaching. With it will come many common overuse injuries in the runners I serve in Westchester County and beyond.
Many runners will suffer from the same, mostly avoidable common running injuries.
With 4-6 weeks left to train for the NYC marathon is when we see the most severe forms of overuse
By Howard J. Luks, MD|September 1st, 2015|
Subluxation is a term that Orthopedic Surgeons commonly utilize. For the purpose of this post we will put it in the context of shoulder injuries.
Our shoulder is a very complex joint. The shoulder has two main bones. Essentially, there is a large ball sitting on a much smaller socket. Think about a golf ball