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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard 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.

4 comments on “5 Sports Medicine Myths

  • Hello Howard:

    Thanks for the article.

    One of the issues I have always had a hard time with is the stretching before exercising.


    Throughout my life, I have seen scores of Track and Field athletes sidelined with “hamstring pulls”, etc.

    In a superbly conditioned sprinter, why in tarnation’s name does he pull a hamstring?

    Because he “stretched it”, that is why. And kids copy these bozos doing that before an event, etc.

    And hockey players, get “groin Pulls”, which, of course, is serious.

    And I also say the same; DO NOT STRETCH YOUR GROINS, Hockey Players. Just exercise, use those muscles naturally.

    I have skated for about 30 years, playing hockey, and have NEVER pulled a groin muscle.


    Tennis. Best sport in the world for your muscles, so instead of wasthing your time stretching, play tennis, or another sport in the offseason.

    Now, let me get down off this horse…..

    john bennett md

  • I have read and viewed your posted information on tears of the shoulder labrum and I am very appreciative of its clarity and usefulness. I am a healthy 58 y.o. male (204 lbs. 6’4″) who should not have been playing two-on-two driveway basketball with 17 year olds three weeks ago. I slipped on gravel and went down hard enough to garner a concussion, four (nondisplaced) facial fractures, seven stitches in my brow, a damaged sensory nerve in my upper left jaw, and worst of all, I apparently tried to stop my fall with my left hand and suffered a subluxation of the shoulder joint and now, besides pain and popping of the joint with certain movements, I experience very severe pain with any sudden arm movement, especially involuntary raising of the arm as when slipping on my feet or bumping my opposite shoulder on an overhead pipe. The pain is intense enough that I feel faint and queasy and have to sit for a few minutes. Yet I can walk around without a sling and manage most of my service work with small accomodations.
    I do commercial refrigeration (ladder and overhead work). I also do a lot of flat water sea kayak paddling and have good shoulder strength. About 12 years ago when I started experiencing debilitating pain from impingement of the superspinatus, my orthopedic surgeon showed me my bilateral acromium “eagle beaks” and he said my choices were surgery or the gym. I went to the gym and it made all the difference until this little basketball game a few weeks ago. I really need to regain function and I don’t think I can do it in the gym. MRI scheduled for Friday.

    • Thank you for the kind words…. good luck with the MRI on Friday. I hope you get better soon.

      Howard Luks

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