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Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision making principles --- all geared to improve your quality of life. Please read our Disclaimer

11 comments on “To Ice or Not To Ice

  1. Icing makes a tremendous difference speeding recovery time. As an athlete who went through quite a few injuries I can tell a definite difference between icing and not icing. I am not sure how you smart scientists come out with your results but there must be some serious flaw in your research.

    1. Thanks David … I just report what I read about. Ice certainly can make an injury feel better, but the research is pretty clear with many injuries. Icing can make re-injury more common and does little to affect the natural history of injuries and recovery.

  2. I had rotator cuff surgery 8-9 yrs ago. The past 6 months I have experienced pain from a previously well fixed shoulder(1-10 scale about a 4). Last night I was relaxing and my shoulder popped about 4-5 times with some pain involved. I woke up today and it pops constantly every time I move my shoulder with some discomfort as well. You mention shoulder popping in/out is this dangerous, especially if it hurts when it pops?

    1. Time to see a shoulder doc again… at least for a good exam and an Xray to see what’s going on.

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