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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.

7 comments on “Can My Rotator Cuff Tear Become Larger ?

  • Hello. I am a 38 year old female, and consider myself moderately active (exercise 1 to 3 hours daily). I have been struggling with pain in my dominant shoulder for years (started with a ski crash in my twenties) & it became markedly worse after a heavy overhead press in January 2016. Mri shows a tear of supra and an intrasubstance tear of infraspinatus. I am looking for as full a recovery as possible as I am unwilling to modify current activity (mountain biking-enduro racing, horse back riding, skiing, heavy lifting). In your opinion, is surgery a better option than rehab in this scenario?

    • Not something I can answer in this format. If the tear is many years old it may not have a great chance at being repaired… i can’t say for sure without actually seeing the MRI and examining you too.

      Good Luck !

  • I am 63 had both rotator cuffs done aprox 15 years ago. For the last 6 months or maybe longer severe pain in left one had 2 cortisone shots only helps for short time.does it sound like it is return?

  • Dr luks, I have been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinopathy in both shoulders, as well as in the biceps.

    A few questions for you:

    1- I am 25. Is this fairly unusual for my age?

    2- can you recommend a doctor in the Pittsburgh area that can give me a second opinion?

    Your input would be greatly appreciated

    • It is possible… but may be more of a reactive type– perhaps due to a certain workout regimen?
      UPMC has many first class docs. I would see who is on their shoulder team.

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