Blog – Howard J. Luks, MD https://www.howardluksmd.com Orthopedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Specialist Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:29:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.howardluksmd.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-favicon-150x150.png Blog – Howard J. Luks, MD https://www.howardluksmd.com 32 32 Training Errors and Other Causes of Tendinopathy in Runners https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/training-error-tendinopathy-and-overuse-in-runners/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/training-error-tendinopathy-and-overuse-in-runners/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:34:23 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20850
Running is a fantastic sport.  Running has been associated with longevity; it improves cardiovascular fitness and enables us to clear the cobwebs from our head after a long day. Runners are a big part of ... continue reading

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Meniscus surgery increases your risk of requiring a knee replacement: Podcast https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/meniscus-knee/meniscus-surgery-risk-of-knee-replacement-podcast/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/meniscus-knee/meniscus-surgery-risk-of-knee-replacement-podcast/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:12:14 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20917
Complex degenerative meniscus tears are quite common.  The majority of us will develop them in our lifetime.  The research has been clear over the years.  The vast majority of these complex tears do not require ... continue reading

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Muscle Mass, Strength and Longevity https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/muscle-mass-strength-and-longevity/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/muscle-mass-strength-and-longevity/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:21:24 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20715
When optimizing our health and longevity, prioritizing muscle mass and muscle strength are critically important considerations.  The changes that occur to our muscles as we age are profound.  These changes, as we will discuss, can ... continue reading

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Carbs and Triglycerides: Their relationship has the ability to predict insulin resistance https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/carbs-triglycerides-relationship-predict-the-presence-of-insulin-resistance/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/carbs-triglycerides-relationship-predict-the-presence-of-insulin-resistance/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 11:25:46 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20885
Imagine if we could predict who might develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes long before your pancreas stops working?!?! Imagine if we could intervene long before the progression of insulin resistance to frank type ... continue reading

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Boredom.. It’s not what you think https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/boredom-its-not-what-you-think/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/boredom-its-not-what-you-think/#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:44:15 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20834 continue reading

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Exercise and Knee Arthritis Pain: The science of why it works. https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/arthritis-knee/exercise-improves-knee-arthritis-pain/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/arthritis-knee/exercise-improves-knee-arthritis-pain/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:52:59 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20790
Osteoarthritis is usually not a mechanical wear and tear process. If you have osteoarthritis, exercise will not wear out your knee joints faster — quite the opposite. Therapeutic exercise has been proven to relieve the ... continue reading

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Resistance and Balance Exercise to Live Longer and Healthier. https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/resistance-and-balance-exercise-to-live-longer-and-healthier/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/resistance-and-balance-exercise-to-live-longer-and-healthier/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:41:27 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20735
A balanced exercise program including resistance exercise has been proven to delay the onset of serious chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, dementia, hypertension and insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes).  If you are over 35, ... continue reading

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Why Are Sports Drinks and Juice Potentially Harmful To Our Health? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/sports-drinks-and-juice-harmful-to-our-health/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/sports-drinks-and-juice-harmful-to-our-health/#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:48:41 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20702
Far too many people still believe that a glass of orange juice in the morning is right for you.  Similarly, far too many still believe that downing a sports drink during running, tennis, soccer, etc. ... continue reading

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Is Supplementation Critical For Cognitive Improvement Seen With Exercise https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/is-supplementation-critical-for-cognitive-improvement-seen-with-exercise/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/is-supplementation-critical-for-cognitive-improvement-seen-with-exercise/#respond Sun, 19 May 2019 11:47:33 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20672
Muscle function and cognition decline with age. Sarcopenia is the medical term for age related muscle loss. That means that if you are older than 40 and do not regularly perform resistance exercise then you ... continue reading

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The Aging Athlete … How to get there, and how to stay there. https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/aging-athlete-get-stay/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/aging-athlete-get-stay/#comments Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:53:38 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20611
Trail running has long been my happy place.  Actually, any form of running enables me to start my day invigorated and ready to go. Regular exercise associates with many upsides.  Exercising so that we can ... continue reading

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Metabolic Health: How Our Diet Affects Joint Pain https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/metabolic-health-knee-pain/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/metabolic-health-knee-pain/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2019 21:52:20 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20574
We need to focus on metabolic health, instead of focusing on the management of metabolic disease. From an Orthopedic Surgery perspective, our metabolic health has been shown to affect knee pain, osteoarthritis, and our rotator cuff.  ... continue reading

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Should We Delay ACL Surgery to Decrease Risk of Arthritis https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/delay-acl-surgery-decrease-arthritis/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/delay-acl-surgery-decrease-arthritis/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:59:16 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20582
ACL tears are occurring with alarming frequency.  Most people are told to have ACL surgery soon after the injury.  Many people are under the false assumption that once the ACL surgery and rehabilitation is done the knee is ... continue reading

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Delaying Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurocognitive Decline: Let’s Stay Active Longer https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/delaying-alzheimers-disease-stay-active-longer/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/delaying-alzheimers-disease-stay-active-longer/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:23:20 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20510
Why is an Orthopedic Surgeon talking to you about neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease?  Stay tuned; this is another post in our Live Better series which will be a major theme here in 2019. ... continue reading

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Does Running Have Anti-Aging Benefits? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/running-anti-aging-benefits/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/running-anti-aging-benefits/#respond Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:11:31 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20505
Can endurance running help us live better or live longer?  We know that endurance running improves our cardiovascular health.  How does running protect our DNA which in turn could lead to a healthier lifespan (healthspan)? ... continue reading

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Fear and Surgical Decision Making https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/fear-surgical-decision-making/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/fear-surgical-decision-making/#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:58:06 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20469
Fear has a role in elective surgery decision making. I’m not convinced that many doctors understand this. Throughout the last six months, we tracked a large number of second opinions.  Many of you wanted to ... continue reading

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Should Injured Runners Be Treated By Orthopedic Surgeons Who Run? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/injured-runners-should-see-orthopedic-surgeons-who-run/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/injured-runners-should-see-orthopedic-surgeons-who-run/#respond Wed, 26 Dec 2018 13:12:19 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20442
Only runners can truly understand the mindset of another runner. Runners are a unique breed.  They can be easy to treat, or they can be very challenging to manage.  Far too many injured runners are told ... continue reading

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Meniscus surgery for complex degenerative tears can be avoided https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/meniscus-knee/meniscus-surgery-for-complex-degenerative-tears-unnecessary/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/knee/meniscus-knee/meniscus-surgery-for-complex-degenerative-tears-unnecessary/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:06:06 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20427
Indeed, a degenerative meniscus tear cannot be normal? Right? Hang on a moment. We will get to that. Many people with meniscus tears sit apprehensively in my office expecting to leave my office with a ... continue reading

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When Can I Return To Work ? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/return-work-surgery/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/return-work-surgery/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:55:45 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20410
When can I return to work after surgery is a common and appropriate question heard by Orthopedic Surgeons. The answer to this question is not always straightforward.  This is a tricky area where patients and ... continue reading

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Reinventing The Role of the Orthopedic “Surgeon” https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/reinventing-role-orthopedic-surgeon/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/reinventing-role-orthopedic-surgeon/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:40:14 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20380
The role of an orthopedic surgeon is going to evolve and change dramatically over the next 5-10 years. It might occur sooner than that. We as a group of specialists can sit by and wait, ... continue reading

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Recovering From An Injury … It’s More Complicated Than You Think https://www.howardluksmd.com/orthopedic-social-media/recovering-injury-complicated-think/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/orthopedic-social-media/recovering-injury-complicated-think/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:59:49 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=18225
The recovery from an injury or surgery is often far more complicated than we anticipate. 20+ years of experience has taught me a lot.  And most all of that experience will benefit you. Very few ... continue reading

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Aerobic Fitness, and Living Well: Let’s Live Better Lives https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/fitness-living-well-and-living-better/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/fitness-living-well-and-living-better/#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:09:30 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20274
We are going to review an exciting paper on the topic of fitness.  Not specific exercises or diets, just aerobic fitness.  It’s not a secret that aerobic fitness leads to a longer life for many.  ... continue reading

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Batter’s Shoulder : Posterior Labral Tears https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/batters-shoulder-posterior-labral-tears/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/batters-shoulder-posterior-labral-tears/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 23:27:36 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20244
A baseball batter’s shoulder is an injury unique to batting that causes a posterior labral tear in your non-dominant, leading  shoulder which faces the pitcher. What is a batter’s shoulder? Baseball batters generate a ton ... continue reading

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Do I need a knee replacement? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/need-knee-replacement/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/need-knee-replacement/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:13:25 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=20011
Do I need a knee replacement?  I don’t know .. do you think it’s time for a knee replacement? I can not tell you how often I have this discussion with people.  Let’s just put ... continue reading

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Should We MRI All Patients With Joint Pain? https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/mri-patients-joint-pain/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/mri-patients-joint-pain/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:13:47 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=19977 continue reading

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Why does the top of my shoulder hurt ? https://www.howardluksmd.com/shoulder-pain/top-shoulder-hurt/ https://www.howardluksmd.com/shoulder-pain/top-shoulder-hurt/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:28:54 +0000 https://www.howardluksmd.com/?p=18139
Sorry to say, but most people will eventually suffer from shoulder pain. Whether your pain is due to an injury or you simply woke up with the pain many of you worry that you might ... continue reading

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