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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 “Distal Clavicle Osteolysis: The Weightlifter’s Shoulder

  • It is nice to see a doctor that believes that patients should be informed about their medical conditions. As a person who has extensive medical knowledge but is not a doctor I can say that it is nice to discuss any medical issues with them in an intelligent manner. You cannot make an educated decision about your own body without having all the facts. Thank you!

  • Hey. I have been to my doctor and I am set for an MR to diagnose this, eventhough I am 99% I have this in both my shoulders. My doctor does not wanna send me to an orthoped for some reason because he “doesn`t believe in this surgery“. Is claims its a scam and proceeded to prescribe painkillers that I can refill, I tried to tell him that I am 24 years old and I want a solution to the problem, and that I want to continue being active, he just laughed. We still agreed to do an MR and depending on the results he will confer With an orthopedist (not that I trust him to). I Guess my question after this rant, does the surgery actually work?

    • Great question Eirik! In the majority of the cases, it does. Of course, every surgery runs the risk of failure and persistent pain. The complication rate of AC joint surgery is low, but not zero.

  • Hey, another question. I can feel the calsifications and bone spurs in the AC joint area. Will surgery also get rid of this?

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