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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.

9 comments on “Common Causes of Kneecap Pain

  • Thanks for this post. My wife is starting to get some popping and clicking in her knee, especially when climbing stairs. It sounds like a compression sleeve might be a good start to mitigate any issues, especially while playing sports.

  • Good Morning,
    I am 50 yrs old and I was doing heavy leg press when I heard a pop in my right knee. Not too much pain at the time. However, a few days later I had excruciating pain running down from my knee through my shin. I couldn’t push the gas pedal down for a month. MRI results are read as follows. 1.Complex tear of the posterior horn and root of the medial meniscus with a flap tear fragment displaced over the root. 2. Sharply defined 7 x 9mm cartilage defect in the lateral femoral condyle. Thin cartilage fissure in the medial femoral condyle. 3. Large ACL ganglion cyst extending into the femur. & Right&Knee.
    What are your impressions? Thank you in advance.
    Best Regards,
    Will Cabaniss

    • Root tears Can be very painful for 8-10 weeks… The pain will then usually subside. Check out the post I linked to… the rationale for treating these tears is evolving.

  • I had a PRP done 8 days ago for Moderate Arthritis, due to having my meniscuses partially removed.
    Today, and two days ago there was quite a bit of improvement, but I have felt so tired and in need of rest
    since the injection. I do not want a TKR. There is quite a bit of cartilage loss on one side but he said, not the
    other, it is not quite bone on bone on one side but very close!! I’m almost 69, and have had other surgeries, and
    so would dread a TKR. The injection cost 1200.00 and was not covered by Medicare. Have you ever known these
    injections to work for a year at a time? The other knee is not problematic at the time, but I have been very discouraged over the left knee, and now, on day 8 and yesterday, I used no pain killers just herbs. Of course, I’m not doing lots of
    exercise either, but some. 15- 20 min walking or 10 min exercise bike each of the last 4 days, plus started Yoga simple stretches too. How I would love not to have a TKR. Will this injection stop the progression?

    • I’m glad to hear the injection appears to be working for you. PRP injections can be useful in many cases of arthritis. It can calm down the inflammation and make the knee feel much better. While there is some literature to suggest that PRP injections can diminish the risk of progression …. there is no evidence that PRP will reverse the arthritic changes.

  • I’m 69 and healthy. Recently I’ve developed pain in my left knee cap when getting down on all fours to play with my dog. The patella feels somewhat malformed on the outside lower left corner, like a spur. The right patella feels smooth and even. It came on suddenly and I’m not sure what to do about it. The only pain is when I get down on my hand and knees.

    • Hi Bob…
      This could be due to a few different issues… I would suggest having an Orthopedist take a look at your and your xrays and see what’s going on.

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