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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.

8 comments on “AC Joint Arthritis Treatment Options

  • An X ray shows that I have calcification of the arm. An injection was given in my shoulder and the pains subsided and came back.
    The Dr. tried to remove the calcified deposit but unfortunately he missed the target hence I had a severe pains in the process so it was discontinued.
    He is offering between the needle(no radiologist guided) and the slit cut.
    Please which one should I go in for?

  • I have a 30 year old inmate with a degree five AC separation from 2005. Who is now c/ o pain after playing volleyball once. I recommended ice packs, ibuprofen/ acetaminophen,
    Rest. What are the chances of a successful surgery after 12 years? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

    • For a true Type V AC separation, if the clavicle remains mobile then it should be able to be reduced and stabilized.

    • not always…. arthritis can cause joint pain… but not all joint pain is due to arthritis.

  • I am 45 and have constant pain in my right shoulder. I can not lift above my head and can not throw any ball to play catch with my kids. I have had 2 MRI’s and they just show arthritis in the AC joint no tears anywhere. I have had several different injections and take meloxicam 15mg daily and still have constant pain. Can this be remedied by any type of laparoscopic surgery? I would really like to be able to throw with my kids. My VA Dr. tells me nothing can be done.

    • Most of us will have arthritic changes in the AC joint on an MRI. That doesn’t always mean that it is the source of our pain. If your examination confirms that the AC Joint is in fact the cause of your pain then an Orthopedic Surgeon might discuss a procedure called a distal clavicle resection with you. It is an arthroscopic,outpatient procedure which is reasonably effective at eliminating or at least decreasing the pain due to the AC Joint.
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