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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.

5 comments on “Did I Tear My ACL? 

  • Hello,

    Very interesting read. I am recovering from a full ACL tear alongside a Meniscus tear, I had ACL reconstruction surgery with meniscus repair March 2016 and let me tell you, I do NOT want to experience this type of pain again. I can fully understand what you are talking and referring to about the ”pop” or ”snap” sensation in knee. I felt the loudest snap as if someone had snapped an elastic band in my ear and I remember falling like a sack of potatoes on the floor in agony and feeling extremely sick.

    My injury occurred whilst playing tennis but had weakened my ACL previous years of kickboxing. Recovery is slow but you will get there (eventually….one hopes) and physical activity can be tough. I sometimes feel that I am 95 and not 35 years old when I get up and walk about due to stiffness and pain BUT it is improving.

    Thank you Howard J Luks for the theory, was very interesting to read and was reader friendly.

  • Hello,
    I had ACL surgery about a couple of months ago and I just got cleared to play again. But I haven’t got my ACL brace to play yet. I have a soccer game this Saturday and I was wondering if there was any way I could use the big post op brace to play just for this one time?

    • Returning to play after an ACL reconstruction is a complex problem. Unless you completed a very in depth test of your agility, landing, and jumping skills which included a test for your core and pelvic stability then you may not actually be cleared to return. A brace, sadly offers no protection against a new tear. Your post-op brace will not protect you.

  • Hi there,
    I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on combined ACL & Anterolateral Ligament reconstruction, because I just can’t find a lot of information out there about it. I tore my ACL the first time three years ago and had it reconstructed with hamstring autograft. Everything seemed to go well, and I started trying to work myself back into some running…only to have my knee lock up at one of my final post-op visits, which my doctor decided surgery was required for what ended up being a small medial meniscus tear. I rehabbed from that but noticed that my knee felt “loose” again and started to have occasional buckling episodes, swelling, etc. After rehabbing for nearly 8 months, I figured that was the new “normal” for my knee so I stepped back out onto the soccer field for the first time since I tore my ACL. I made it through two games before I planted on that leg to turn and I felt it shift and down I went- feeling the same pain and sensation that I did when I tore my ACL the first time -minus the pop. I decided to get a second, and then third opinion. In May had my third surgery in just over three years for now a torn Lateral Meniscus only to have the third doctor say that I need my ACL reconstructed again along with my ALL and that this is why I keep having these injuries and this fourth surgery will finally restore the rotational stability. This time around he wants to use patellar tendon autograft from the same knee for the ACL and a cadaver tendon for the ALL. My doctor could tell me about the surgery, but no one seems to be able to tell me much about the recovery and rehab other than “this is a new thing” and I hesitate going through this again without knowing more before going in. I’m only 27. I played collegiate soccer, I used to do triathlons, and I would love to be able to at least run again.

    • We do not know enough about the ALL to know if we should or should not be reconstructing them. the vast majority of surgeons are not reconstructing the ALL at this time.
      Good luck to you!

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