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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.

6 comments on “ACL Recovery – 4 tips for the first 4 weeks: Setting the Stage for a Great Rehab

  • One of our athletes just experienced an ACL injury, and I wanted to read more about the healing process for an injury of that nature. It sounds like a very careful recovery program, and hopefully he can work on becoming a master of full range motion. I probably won’t anticipate him coming back anytime this season after reading this, so as to give him time to heal. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am 3 weeks post op after a acl and meniscus surgery..I’m completely off crutches and can walk around slowly with a small limp…my question is at times while walking I feel a slight twist on the operated knee with slight pain which goes away instantly..Is it normal? I do my PT regularly and walk around as instructed by my surgeon…I plan to join office next week but am worried about the slight twist feeling once in a while.

  • I am 16 days post op and I have started walking with one crutch and trying to put full weight on my leg and knee. I can straighten the leg but have limited range of motion at the moment thought better than week 1. The knee pain and swelling is very minimal thus only taking pain meds prior to phsyio appointment. My quad muscle has only begun contracting eith physio electric stimulation. My question is it normal and expected to feel some instability and weakness in the knee when walking ? The knee feeling like it wants to come forward from time to time? If there is something wrong or a re-tear with the graft this early what should I expect to feel and see with my knee.
    Thank you for your help,

    • Hi …
      Many people do feel that their knee is weak immediately after surgery. That usually continues for a few weeks until your quadriceps starts functioning more effectively. Your doctor can tell you if the new ACL feels loose. That is a physical examination issue.

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